The Perils and Pitfalls of Formal Equality in Australian Family Law Reform

(2018) 46 (3) Federal Law Review 367- 396

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 801

32 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2018

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Belinda Fehlberg

University of Melbourne - Law School

Lisa Sarmas

University of Melbourne - Law School

Jenny Jane Morgan

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: December 11, 2018

Abstract

In this paper, we identify the influence of formal equality—and more specifically, formal gender equality (that is, treating men and women the same)—in central areas of major Australian family law reform over the past 20 years. Given the influence of formal equality and our concerns regarding this trend, we consider whether equality-based arguments should be abandoned entirely, at least in the family law context, and explore alternative approaches that could reframe the debate.

Keywords: formal equality, family law

JEL Classification: K00, K39

Suggested Citation

Fehlberg, Belinda and Sarmas, Lisa and Morgan, Jenny Jane, The Perils and Pitfalls of Formal Equality in Australian Family Law Reform (December 11, 2018). (2018) 46 (3) Federal Law Review 367- 396, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 801, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3299223

Belinda Fehlberg (Contact Author)

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Lisa Sarmas

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

Jenny Jane Morgan

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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