5 Comments Family & de facto law, financial agreements, consent orders
The travelling parent shall provide the other parent with a copy of all return ticketing including a copy of the itinerary for the trip including, but not limited to, departure and return times and dates and a contact telephone number for the trave3lling parent and the address at which they will predominately be based at least twenty on (21) days prior to the scheduled departure;
The mother be at liberty to travel to the United Kingdom with the child from 27 December 2013 to 17 January 2014; and
The Mother notify the father of the return of the child to the Commonwealth of Australia within forty eight (48) hours of such return.
THE COURT ORDERS:
That the father file and serve a response to Initiating Application (Family Law) and supporting affidavit by 4:00pm on 20 January 2013.
That the matter be adjourned to 9:30am on 3 February 2013 in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia at Brisbane.
That the father be granted liberty to appear by telephone link on 3 February 2013.
That the mother appear in person at Court on 3 Februay 2013
The solicitor representing the mother refused to speak to my husband yesterday, he said my husband needed to communicate with him via email. My husband sent an email asking him to contact the mother and ask for her to return to the UK with the child immediately.
As yet, we have had no response from the solicitor.
Please if anyone can help, we are out of our minds with worry and don't know where to go from here...
I completely understand & would be anxious and annoyed in your situation.
I think you need to identify what it is that is of major concern. We live in a country where one could drive 24 hours north/south & usually not hit water.
In the UK, London to Paris is under 2 hours on a train. Its not unheard of to do day trips to France/Belgium & the link. In reality, Paris is a lot close from London than most of the rest of the country. Would you feel the same if the child went to Scotland, Wales and/or Northern Ireland - they are all part of the UK.
Maybe the trip wasn't on the itinerary, and you probably should have been given the heads up. But I don't see it too different from us going, its a beautiful weekend, why don't we take a drive (ie, from Sydney & spent the night in the blue mountains).
From the wording it does seem as though the order is breached. Until the child doesn't come home, I don't think there really is anything you can do. So I know its hard, but try and relax, think positive & at least the child will be able to return to school with stories of adventures of where they have been.
Hope this helps.
Thank you Rannii,
I do understand the distance is not dissimilar to a QLD to NSW visit, however, we now question where the next "little trip" will be, how much further away etc It seems (given the extended history of our case) each time the mother pushes her luck further and further with no consequence, so each time she gets more brazen and goes even further with her breaches than the time before!
My husband is SICK with worry. He wants to take immediate action, but we don't know what authority to approach. I have looked at the Attorney Generals Department website, and my husband was contacting the AFP, but it seems like everything is such a long process!
I'm sure my husband will want to be on a plane this weekend if we can't get any answers...
It's so upsetting and stressful...