In a report published on 15 December 2016, the Law Commission recommends a package of reforms to the law governing the enforcement of family financial orders.

The Commission commenced work on the project following a submission by the Family Law Bar Association that the area should be reformed as it was “hopelessly complex” and “procedurally tortuous”.

The Commission’s recommendations aim to make the law more accessible, to ensure courts and creditors have more information about the debtor, to bring more assets within the court’s enforcement powers and to provide new powers to apply pressure to debtors who can pay but are choosing not to.

Overall, the Commission’s recommendations aim to make the law of the enforcement of family financial orders more effective, accessible and fair.