Each month Katrina will be providing you with information as to what has been “happening” at Oner Family Law. This will highlight the many different areas of family law in which we practice.
- This month the OFL team were busy dealing with a high number of new enquiries with people having put separations on hold, proceeding in the New Year after the Christmas period. The OFL team are dedicated in helping separating clients during this emotional time.
- We finalised the filing of trial affidavit material on behalf of a client who wishes to relocate intrastate with her children. The relocation is opposed by the father who seeks that the children remain in Brisbane. These matters are always very difficult as at the end of the day, one of the parties will inevitably be bitterly disappointed with the outcome.
- The trial of the relocation matter referred to above took place. The trial was difficult for all involved as serious allegations of domestic violence formed a major part of the case. We now await judgment.
- We finalised the drafting of trial affidavit material on behalf of a father who has no choice other than to pursue full-time care of his children who live primarily with their mother. The father’s case is that the mother is unable to foster a relationship between the children and their father, evidenced by the fact the children have not seen their father for a couple of years. This is despite a Court Order being in place allowing for the father to spend regular time with the children.
- This month the OFL team continued to keep up their knowledge in the developing area of family law by attending at family law seminars covering a number of family law topics.
- We had an unusually high number of Application for Consent Order documents to draft this month. This is great news as it means separating couples are resolving their matters amicably without litigation.
- The trial of the above matter we were preparing for in February took place this month. It was evident during the trial the mother does not want the children to have any relationship with their father due to her own personal issues. A tough one for the Judge, as for the children to have a relationship with both parents, they need to be removed from their mother, who has been their primary carer their entire lives. If the children are not removed, the father will not see them again. We are awaiting judgment.
- The final hearing of a children’s matter took place this month where we acted on the father’s behalf. The father was spending 6 nights out of every 14 with his 3 young children (6/8 in the mother’s favour). The father was seeking equal time with the children (7/7). The Family Report prepared in the matter was against the father and recommended his time be reduced to 4 nights out of every 14. The mother sought Orders in accordance with the Family Report recommendations that the father only spend 4 nights per fortnight with the children on a final basis. The father did very well in the witness box during the final hearing in comparison to the mother. Judgment was handed down soon after the final hearing. The father was successful in his application for a 7/7 arrangement. The mother has appealed this decision. We will keep you posted.
- We appeared on behalf of a wife regarding enforcement of property Orders. The wife had a final Consent Order in place whereby the parties agreed the husband was to pay the wife a certain sum of money to buy her out of the former matrimonial home. If the husband was unable to do so, the home was to be sold. The husband failed to pay the wife out and refused to list the house for sale as per the terms of the parties’ agreed Court Order. The wife was forced to file an enforcement application against the husband so as to enforce the terms of the Order. The husband attended at Court and finally agreed to do the right thing and follow the terms of the Order. The wife received her payment a few weeks after the Court date. The wife was also awarded costs as against the husband given his failure to comply with the Order and forcing the wife to Court.
- We prepared Court documents for a mother seeking that the requirement of the father’s signature being required on a passport application for a passport to issue for their son be dispensed with. The mother wished to go on an overseas holiday with the child. The father refused to sign the passport application for no good/legitimate reason other than to be difficult. The matter is to be heard in June.
- We were very busy this month with new initial consults covering a broad range of issues regarding both property and children’s matter.
- We attended at Court for the passport hearing referred to at May above. the father attended, and agreed to sign the passport application at Court which then allowed the mother to take her overseas trip.
- We attended at a property mediation on behalf of a wife which unfortunately did not settle, purely due to the stubbornness of the applicant husband on the other side. The matter will now need to proceed through Court. We are likely to obtain a costs order in favour of the wife.
- The team at OFL attended the annual Family Law Residential at Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast. We attended two full days of seminars exclusively educating us further on family law matters.
- We received judgment on the relocation matter referred to at January and February above. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in the mother being permitted to relocate due to a number of reasons. Despite this, the mother was very happy with our service and sincerely expressed her gratitude.
- We attended at Court on behalf of a father regarding his children remaining living with him on a final basis. The father has been the children’s primary carer, with the mother deciding to stop attending at Court or involving herself in the proceedings at all. The Judge advised that if the mother did not attend on the next occasion, the Orders sought by our client would be made in her absence on a final basis.
- We attended at Court again with regards to the father referred to at August above. The mother failed to appear, and all Orders sought by the father were made in his favour on a final basis. The children will remain with their father.
- We represented a father at mediation where the mother had unilaterally stopped the children seeing their father each weekend as had been agreed with the mother and which had been occurring for months. The mother agreed to reinstate the weekly time. The father is now commencing proceedings to seek equal week on/week off time with the children. Will keep you posted.