The introduction of the Family Law Act in 1975 heralded Wolters Kluwer’s rich history with Family Law expertise and content in Australia.
With the introduction of no-fault divorce, the landscape for families and the legal profession alike was transformed. It was a time of change when our team of editorial experts could guide legal professionals through the establishment of the Family Law Act 1975 and what it meant.
When the Family Law Act was enacted, a solicitor practicing almost solely in that jurisdiction stepped in to produce a vital contribution which was designed to benefit the wider knowledge of the family law community. He unknowingly kicked off an enduring contribution to the legal industry with ‘Marriage, Divorce and the Family – New Rules for Australians”.
That solicitor would later be known as the Honourable Justice Stuart Fowler AM, who together with Malcolm Broun OAM QC went on to become founding contributors to the single source of truth for Family Law practitioners – CCH Australian Family Law & Practice. This new journal proved itself key in informing practitioners about changing legislation and how to interpret those changes to properly advise and represent their clients. Today tens of thousands of legal professionals practicing Family Law have been able to advise clients with confidence, knowing the Family Law information at their fingertips is both authoritative and up to date.
The quality of content matters
Wolters Kluwer has led the way with Family Law content since 1975 publishing a broad range of book titles annually within its Australian Family Law Collection. Over the years it has built its reputation as the foremost expert in Family Law content and analysis. Additionally, in 2017, Wolters Kluwer stepped in to fill a very important gap in precedent case law. The donation of 800 judgements from 1976 to 1988 from its files now forms part of the Family Court of Australia and Austlii websites, letting legal practitioners access those cases for free.
Today the editorial team of internal and external legal experts provide regular updates and annual reviews of past and future changes to Family Law, keeping legal practitioners up to date with a Family Law content product that is recognisable and highly rated.
How information flows from Wolters Kluwer
The Wolters Kluwer commitment to developing and shaping the legislation impacting Australian families is evident with the launch of its legal research solution, CCH Pinpoint. CCH Pinpoint is an example of how Wolters Kluwer is extending its dedication to staying in tune with legislative changes and updates and delivering these in a high value customer-focused format. A digital format now allows it to extend its content development from the typical publishing schedule with ongoing digital updates, in a powerful research engine that delivers content in the way legal practitioners need to work.
Understanding how legal professionals work within Family Law, has seen CCH Pinpoint anticipate the workflow requirements for busy legal practitioners – short on time but in need of high value content. Minimal clicks, clean interfaces, deep expert insights and new tools such as the property settlement calculator are re-defining the future for Australia’s Family Law legal professionals.