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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 69ZQ

General duties

             (1)  In giving effect to the principles in section 69ZN, the court must:

                    (aa)  ask each party to the proceedings:

                              (i)  whether the party considers that the child concerned has been, or is at risk of being, subjected to, or exposed to, abuse, neglect or family violence; and

                             (ii)  whether the party considers that he or she, or another party to the proceedings, has been, or is at risk of being, subjected to family violence; and

                     (a)  decide which of the issues in the proceedings require full investigation and hearing and which may be disposed of summarily; and

                     (b)  decide the order in which the issues are to be decided; and

                     (c)  give directions or make orders about the timing of steps that are to be taken in the proceedings; and

                     (d)  in deciding whether a particular step is to be taken--consider whether the likely benefits of taking the step justify the costs of taking it; and

                     (e)  make appropriate use of technology; and

                      (f)  if the court considers it appropriate--encourage the parties to use family dispute resolution or family counselling; and

                     (g)  deal with as many aspects of the matter as it can on a single occasion; and

                     (h)  deal with the matter, where appropriate, without requiring the parties' physical attendance at court.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not limit subsection 69ZN(1).

             (3)  A failure to comply with subsection (1) does not invalidate an order.



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