What are the elements of divorce that are specific to Australian law?
Australian family law is mainly governed by the operation of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). This was a major reform when it was instituted. Before the institution of no-fault divorce came in in Australia it was necessary to prove adultery before getting a divorce. In 1972 when the no-fault divorce was instituted in Australia there was a huge flurry of divorces. This was because people could now escape unhappy relationships without having to go through the painful process of proving adultery which may have acquired hiring a private investigator or having photos of their partner action in the act of adultery. The default system of divorce in Australia has continued to operate since this time relatively successfully although it is now recognised that there is some degree of uncertainty in the process of property settlement and the making of parenting orders in relation to the custody of children because of the enormous scope of judicial discretion.
The divorce law of Australia is quite similar to many of the other western industrialised countries such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and so are the other, other countries such as India, South Africa, and Trinidad and Tobago. All these countries have a no-fault system of course however this type of legal system is foreign to some cultures and in Islamic culture which is part of the law of countries such as Indonesia and many Arabic countries the idea of a no-fault divorce is very foreign and in these cultures it is normal to assign blame to one of the parties in America that’s this recent it is important to be sensitive to different cultures when choosing a location for a divorce. This is also because in some cultures marriages are arranged which is not the norm in Western culture. Indeed many divorces occur when a marriage is arranged in a nation such as India and then the two parties to the marriage come to Australia and face very different cultural circumstances and ideas about what marriage is in subsequently divorced. This may be viewed negatively in a home culture such as India but is not viewed negatively in Australia by the mainstream body of opinion and this can be difficult to understand for people when they are thinking about getting a divorce or if they decide not to get a divorce.
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