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Child Custody

child abduction

Investigating A Nationwide Child Abduction Ring

Seven people have so far been charged for their involvement in a parental child abduction ring. Earlier this week, three women from Taree, Newcastle and Townsville were charged with conspiring to defeat justice. Two men from Grafton, one from Townsville and a woman from Perth were charged with the same offence last month. This comes …

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appeal to the family court

Father Loses Appeal – Contact Limited To 2 Letters A Year

A father has lost an appeal to the family court that will now limit his contact with his children to writing to them twice a year. He was successful in appealing decisions in relation to the property settlement and spousal maintenance. In mid-2013, a father flew out of the country with the children, one of …

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co parenting

6 Child Custody Agreements That May Work For You

Life moves differently from the way it did even one decade ago. Australian couples marry later, have fewer children, are more likely to separate or divorce, remarry or start a second family. Domestic life does not follow any one standard script, but this is not to say that navigating new territory is easy. Devising custody …

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Relocation of child

Father Loses Appeal To Keep Child Within A 40min Drive Of His Home

A father has lost his appeal to stop his child from moving outside of a 40-minute driving radius of his own home. Groth v Banks [2017] FamCAFC 206 concerned an appeal made by the father against final parenting orders made by Thornton J on 13 January 2017. The orders permitted the mother to change their …

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Family Court Decision – One Mother’s Severe Lesson In Co-Parenting

Mr and Mrs Ralton (Court-ordained pseudonyms) were in a relatively short relationship from 2005 to 2009. During the relationship, the couple had two children- a son and a daughter. The son and daughter were aged three and one respectively when their parents separated, and the children remained living with their mother. Court records note that …

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