The Family Law Courts have just announced the introduction of a court list dedicated to deal exclusively with urgent parenting-related disputes that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list will commence on 29 April 2020 and is currently expected to operate initially for three months.

The Courts have reported a increase in the filing of urgent applications by over 20% in each Court. The Chief Justice of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court has made a statement indicating that matters involving risk and family violence will receive immediate attention and heard a swiftly as possible.

The Family Law Courts have identified the following types of matters or issues that may be suitable for filing in the COVID-19 List:

  1. Family Violence Matters;
  2. Matters involving Supervised Contact;
  3. Matters involving travel between States with border restrictions;
  4. Medical matters where the parties or the child have tested positive for COVID-19.