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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 68S

Application of Act and Rules when exercising section 68R power

             (1)  The following provisions do not apply to a court exercising the power under section 68R:

                     (a)  section 65C (who may apply for a parenting order);

                     (b)  subsection 65F(2) (parenting order not to be made unless parties attend family counselling);

                     (c)  section 60CG (court to consider risk of family violence);

                     (d)  section 69N (requirement to transfer certain proceedings);

                     (e)  any provisions (for example, section 60CA) that would otherwise make the best interests of the child the paramount consideration;

Note:       Even though the best interests of the child are not paramount, they must still be taken into account under paragraph 68R(5)(b).

                      (f)  any provisions of this Act or the applicable Rules of Court specified in the regulations.

             (2)  If a court is exercising the power under section 68R in proceedings to make an interim family violence order or an interim variation of a family violence order:

                     (a)  the court has a discretion about whether to apply paragraph 60CC(3)(a) (about taking into account a child's views etc.); and

                     (b)  any provisions of this Act or the applicable Rules of Court specified in the regulations do not apply.

             (3)  A court exercising the power under section 68R may, as it thinks appropriate, dispense with any otherwise applicable Rules of Court.



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