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In a recent case, the maternal grandmother brought a child custody application in the Federal Circuit Court against her daughter and son-in-law who were at the time separated, seeking orders in relation to her six year old and four year old grandchildren. Initially the grandmother commenced proceedings seeking that the children live with her but later seeking that they have holiday time with her and weekend time each month.

The Judge noting that the grandmother had an extremely poor relationship with the mother and that the grandmother failed to understand the impact of her behaviour upon her child and grandchildren the Court considered what would be in the best interests of the children.  The case shows how important it is for your family law lawyers to provide an understanding to you as to what factors the Court needs to have regard to and what circumstances can be persuasive in particular cases.

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Family law situations can be complex and sometimes they can involve serious issues.  Information outlined is proposed to provide general guidance only. Due to the seriousness of legal matters as well as the uniqueness of your individual situation, professional advice should be sought. For advice, please contact one of our Family Lawyers.