father disobeys australian court order, wife and daughter stranded in egypt
An Egyptian national failed to comply with an Australian court order to support the lifting of an Egyptian court order that prevented his wife and 4 year old daughter from coming back to Australia. The father was ordered by Family Court Judge in September to do all acts and things necessary to have the travel ban lifted. It was the Egyptian national, who remained in Australia, that applied for a travel ban against his wife and daughter which effectively prevented them from returning to Australia.
The wife went to Egypt to take her daughter back to Australia when a visit to the father’s family extended to months. Barrister Anne O’Connell, the wife’s representative, alleges that the husband regards the court proceedings as if it is a game. Ms. O’Connell further alleges that the second marriage of the father to a woman in Egypt last June 2012 is a strong motive for the father to keep the child in Egypt.
The father has not yet signed documents that would assist in lifting the travel ban but instead he executed an affidavit which failed to explain why he had not taken the necessary measures to have the ban lifted. The father alleges that he was held captive in a yacht off the Queensland coast while the mother left the country to snatch their daughter with the help of a child recovery specialist.
The father did not appear for the hearing despite the warning of his solicitors that a warrant for his arrest might be issued. His barrister appeared before the court and said that he could not contact his client by telephone.
It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyers regarding child custody or when contemplating a separation, divorce or soon after a relationship comes to an end.
Source:(2013, October 4)The Victoria Age
Disclaimer : This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice. It is prudent to obtain legal advice from a family lawyer.