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Key decisions

  • Handbury & State Central Authority and Anor [2020] FamCAFC 5
  • Lim & Zong [2020] FamCAFC 20 
  • Wilkinson & Kemp [2020] FCCA 69
  • Olofsson [2019] FCCA 3467


Child abduction – mother repudiated agreement for family’s  temporary stay in Australia 

In Handbury & State Central Authority and Anor [2020] FamCAFC 5 (21 January 2020) the Full Court (Alstergren CJ, Strickland and Williams JJ) dismissed the mother’s appeal of Bennett J’s order sought by the State Central Authority (‘SCA’) that the parties’ six year old child be returned from Melbourne pursuant to Regulation 16(1) of the Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations 1986 (Cth) to the United Kingdom, being the child’s place of habitual residence, accompanied by the father.

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