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Family Law in Australia. The legal system has changed dramatically in the last century or so, and has been forced to address certain issues regarding Family Law; such as the recognition of same-sex relationships and the issue of surrogacy and birth techno
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The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) defines a family as "the natural and fundamental group unit of society, particularly while it is responsible for the care and education of dependent children." This already makes it clear that the primary motive for intervention by the law in a family relationship would be the protection of dependent children. Different features of family law are addressed in different ways by the legal system which provides different responses and values for certain areas of family law. The legal system has changed dramatically in the last century or so, and has been forced to address certain issues regarding Family Law; such as the recognition of same-sex relationships and the issue of surrogacy and birth technologies. The legal system continuously endeavours and reforms to provide effective legislative remedies and modify existing remedies to befit the needs of individuals within families. Family law has always been a colossal aspect of Australian society with many effective measures in place for family matters. Numerous values and their effectiveness have been debated through various features of family law, and these debates continue to the present day.
Same-sex relationships have been a historical controversy. In Hyde v Hyde and
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