Family Law News: Appointments to the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

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Appointment to the Family Court of Australia

Judge Thomas Altobelli has been appointed as a judge of the Family Court of Australia and will commence in the Sydney Registry on 23 November 2020.
The appointment of Judge Altobelli elevates him from his current position as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
Judge Altobelli joined the bench in 2006, where he has heard matters predominantly in the family law jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court.

Immediately prior to his appointment to the Federal Circuit Court in 2006, Judge Altobelli held the positions of Special Counsel at Watts McCray Lawyers, a specialist family law firm, and Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Western Sydney. Before this, he had practiced primarily as a family lawyer and civil litigator and also published widely on the subjects of family law and alternative dispute resolution. At the Bench, Judge Altobelli hears matters predominantly in the family law jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court.

Appointment to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Ms Kylie Beckhouse has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and will commence in the Sydney registry on 30 November 2020.

Ms Beckhouse was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW) in 1994 and was accredited by the Law Society of NSW as a specialist in family law in 2001. She is currently the Director of the Family Law Division of Legal Aid NSW and has published and presented widely on the involvement of children in family law matters and family law court processes.

Ms Kylie Beckhouse was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1994 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University in 1991. She also completed a Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) at the University of Technology Sydney in 2005, and the Leading Executives Program through the NSW Leadership Academy in the Public Service Commission in 2018.
In addition to her present position as Director of the Family Law Division of Legal Aid NSW, Ms Beckhouse has also served as Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer and held various positions at Legal Aid NSW. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Associate at Abrams and Associates.
Since 2010, Ms Beckhouse has held a statutory appointment to the NSW Children’s Court Advisory Committee, and is currently appointed to the Law Society of NSW Family Law Issues Committee, the Family Court’s National Children’s Committee and the NSW Children’s Court Advisory Committee. She has published and presented widely on the involvement of children in family law matters and family law court processes.

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