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Recent Family Law Judgments – Reasonable Practicality

 

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1. Marino & Marino [2009] FMCAfam 227 (19 March 2009)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Children aged 4 and 2 – final arrangements for care – parties agree presumption of equal shared parental responsibility should apply – father seeks equal time arrangement – mother contends parties’ poor parenting relationship makes such an arrangement impractical – mother asserts father is antisocial and criminally inclined and as such father represents a potentially corrosive influence in children’s lives and poor role model – best interests – considerations of reasonable practicality.
Date Delivered:
 19 March 2009
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.4, 60B, 60CA, 60CC, 61DA, 65DAA, 65DAC, 65D
Cases Cited:
 Marino & Marino [2007] FMCAfam 517 P & P [2006] FMCAfam 518 Matthews & Kennedy [2007] FMCAfam 26 In the Marriage of Patsalou (1994) 18 Fam LR 426 A v A (1998) FLC 92-800 Bright v Bright (1995) FLC 92-570 Goode & Goode (2006) FLC 92-286


  2. Pilcher & Schneider [2008] FMCAfam 1092 (13 October 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Children aged 5½ and 2¾ – whether equal time arrangement likely to be both in children’s best interests and reasonably practicable – parties relationship characterised by mistrust and communication difficulties – impact on children of equal time arrangement – developmental issues – best interests.
Date Delivered:
 13 October 2008
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60CC, 61DA, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Pilcher & Schneider [2007] FMCAfam 1163 Goode & Goode (2006) FLC 92-286 In the marriage of Patsalou (1994) 18 Fam LR 426 JG & BG 18 Fam LR 255 Stuart & Stuart [2008] FMCAfam 177 Astor & Astor [2007] FamCA 355 (delivered 24 April 2007)


  3. Carr & Vincent [2008] FMCAfam 888 (20 August 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Children aged 6½ and 5½ – appropriate arrangements for children to spend time with father pending final hearing – father based in Japan but able to return to Australia regularly – presumption of equal shared parental responsibility – best interests – reasonable practicality – substantial and significant time – whether children should be provided with mobile phones for communication with father.
Date Delivered:
 20 August 2008
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60CA, 60CC, 61DA, 61DB, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Goode & Goode (2006) FLC 92-286 Cowling v Cowling [1998] FamCA 19; (1998) FLC 92-801


  4. Joris & Joris [2008] FMCAfam 832 (14 August 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Parenting – equal time or substantial and significant time – high conflict family – credibility of allegations made against father by mother – wishes of child – equal time not in child’s best interests and not reasonably practicable.
Date Delivered:
 14 August 2008
Before:
 Altobelli FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60CC, 61DA, 65DA, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 References: Johnston J, Children’s Adjustment in Sole Custody Compared to Joint Custody Families and Principles for Custody Decision Making (1995) 33 Family and Conciliation Courts Review 415 McIntosh J, Chisholm R, Shared Care and Children’s Best Interests in Conflicted Separation: A Cautionary Tale From Current Research, (2008) 20(1) Australian Family Lawyer 3 Smyth B, Time to rethink time? The experience of time with children after divorce, Family Matters No. 76, Winter 2005


  5. Pappas & Pappas [2008] FMCAfam 790 (1 August 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Child aged five years – final arrangements for care – parties agree presumption of equal shared parental responsibility should apply – whether both reasonably practicable and in child’s best interests for child to live with each of her parents for equal periods on week about basis – nature of parties’ parenting relationship – capacity to communicate effectively – best interests. PROPERTY – Relationship and marriage of eight years – asset pool – assessment of contributions – whether asset by asset or global approach – weight to be given to gift by one party’s parent – inheritance – s.75(2) factors – just and equitable.
Date Delivered:
 1 August 2008
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60B; 60CA; 60CC; 61DA; 65DAA; 65DAC; 75(2), 79(4)
Cases Cited:
 Lee Steere v Lee Steere (1998) FLC 91-626 Ferraro v Ferraro (1993) FLC 92-335; Clauson v Clauson (1995) FLC 92-595 Wardman & Hudson (1978) FLC 90-466; Biltoft & Biltoft [1995] FamCA 45; (1995) FLC 92-614 Norbis v Norbis [1986] HCA 17; (1986) FLC 91-712 McMahon & McMahon [1995] FamCA 46; (1995) FLC 92-606 Russell v Russell (1999) FamCA 187 Waters & Jurek (1995) FLC 92-635 D & D [2003] FamCA 473 Goode & Goode (2006) FLC 92-286 C & C [2005] FamCA 429; (2005) FLC 93-220 Gosper & Gosper (1987) FLC 91-818 Kessey & Kessey (1994) FLC 92-495 Peligrino v Peligrino (1997) FLC 92-789 Pierce & Pierce [1998] FamCA 74; (1999) FLC 92-844 AJO & GRO [2005] FamCA 195; (2005) 33 FamLR 134 Ferraro & Ferraro (1992) 16Fam LR 1 Aleksovski v Aleksovksi (1996) FLC 92-705 Levick & Levick (Family Court of Australia) delivered 31 January 2001 (Moore J)


  6. Sweeney & Maguire [2008] FMCAfam 792 (15 July 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Child aged six – arrangements for care pending final hearing – nature of interim hearing – application of presumption of equal shared parental responsibility – whether equal time arrangement in child’s best interests – considerations of reasonable practicality.
Date Delivered:
 15 July 2008
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), ss.60CC, 61DA, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Goode & Goode (2006) FLC 92-286


  7. Jardine & Jardine [2008] FMCAfam 271 (24 April 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Child aged nine – final arrangements for care – presumption of equal shared parental responsibility – competing applications for child to live with each of her parents – whether in child’s best interests or reasonably practicable for child to spend equal periods or substantial and significant periods of time with each parent – relevance of child’s views – consideration of other section 60CC factors – property – assessment of contributions – gifts made by parties’ parents – assessment of s.75(2) factors – just and equitable.
Date Delivered:
 24 April 2008
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60B; 60CA; 60CC; 61DA; 65DAA; 65DAC; 75(2), 79(4)
Cases Cited:
 Lee Steere v Lee Steere (1998) FLC 91-626 Ferraro v Ferraro (1993) FLC 92-335; Clauson v Clauson (1995) FLC 92-595 Wardman & Hudson (1978) FLC 90-466; Biltoft & Biltoft [1995] FamCA 45; (1995) FLC 92-614 Norbis v Norbis [1986] HCA 17; (1986) FLC 91-712 Russell v Russell (1999) FamCA 187 Waters & Jurek (1995) FLC 92-635 D & D [2003] FamCA 473 Goode & Goode (2006) FLC 92-286 H v W [1995] FamCA 30; (1995) FLC 92-598 R & R: Children’s Wishes [2000] FamCA 43; (1999) 25 Fam LR 712 Pierce & Pierce [1998] FamCA 74; (1999) FLC 92-844 Gosper & Gosper (1987) FLC 91-818 C & C [2005] FamCA 429; (2005) FLC 93-220 In the Marriage of Spiteri [2005] FamCA 66; (2005) 33 FamLR 109 SJS & NS (1994) FLC 92-495 Pellegrino v Pellegrino (1997) FLC 92-789


  8. Corrochio & Corrochio [2008] FamCA 220 (7 April 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – CHILDREN – PARENTING – Significant and Substantial time – Best interests of child of the marriage found to be best served by the child residing with wife and spending significant and substantial time with husband – Sections 60CA, 60CC, 61C and 65DAA Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) considered – Significant and substantial are cumulative requirements – Eddington & Eddington (No 2) (2007) FLC 93-349 cited – Most reasonably practicable outcome that child reside with wife and spend time with husband on alternate weekends and two weeknights during the other week. FAMILY LAW – CHILDREN – RELOCATION APPLICATION – Wife’s application to relocate with child found not to be in child’s best interests – AMS & AIF (1999) 199 CLR 160 cited. FAMILY LAW – PROPERTY – SUPERANNUATION – In the circumstances superannuation treated as part of the asset pool rather than as separate pool – Coghlan & Coghlan (2005) FLC 93-220 cited. FAMILY LAW – PROPERTY – ADD-BACKS – Notional add-backs not conceded on behalf of wife not added back. Wife had not recklessly nor wantonly utilized the funds – Husband had greater financial resources during the post-separation period – Husband and his legal advisors had not previously raised the issue although husband conceded he was aware of the withdrawal. FAMILY LAW – PROPERTY – CONTRIBUTIONS – Contributions not controversial – Held to be 60 per cent to the wife and 40 per cent to the husband. FAMILY LAW – PROPERTY – SECTION 75(2) FACTORS – Section 75(2) factors found to favour wife by 15 per cent – Wife to have primary responsibility for the care of the young child -Wife has limited future employment capacity – Husband’s cohabitation provides him with not insignificant financial resources.
Date Delivered:
 7 April 2008
Before:
 COLEMAN J
Legislation Cited:
 
Cases Cited:
 C & C (2005) FLC 93-220 Eddington & Eddington (No 2) (2007) FLC 93-349 AMS & AIF (1999) 199 CLR 160


  9. Horner & Collins [2008] FMCAfam 58 (1 February 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – CHILDREN – residence – best interests of the child – whether equal time with each parent is in the best interests of the child and reasonably practicable – whether substantial and significant time with each parent is in the best interests of the child and reasonably practicable. WORDS AND PHRASES –
Date Delivered:
 1 February 2008
Before:
 Scarlett FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) ss.60CA, 60CC, 61DA, 62G, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Rice v Asplund (1979) FLC 90-725 distinguished


  10. Morgan & Morgan [2008] FMCAfam 39 (30 January 2008)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Children aged 6 and 5 – parties agree presumption of equal shared parental responsibility applies – mother previously unilaterally removed children to USA – children returned to Australia and care of father pursuant to Hague Convention proceedings in USA – parties’ relationship characterised by mistrust – parties’ homes separated by a distance of fifty kilometres – whether shared care or substantial and significant time arrangement in children’s best interests or reasonably practicable.
Date Delivered:
 30 January 2008
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975 – ss.60B; 60C; 60CA; 60CC; 61DA; 65DAA; 65DAC
Cases Cited:
 Morgan & Morgan (No.11) [2007] FMCAfam 902 H v W [1995] FamCA 30; (1995) FLC 92-598 R & R: Children’s Wishes [2000] FamCA 43; (1999) 25 Fam LR 712 Goode & Goode [2006] FamCA 1346; (2006) FLC 93-286 D v SV (2003) FLC93-197


  11. Nowland & Nowland [2007] FMCAfam 1117 (21 December 2007)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Interim arrangements for care of children age 10 & 7 – younger child has special needs – presumption of equal shared parental responsibility at interim stage – best interests – reasonable practicality.
Date Delivered:
 21 December 2007
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60B, 60CA, 60CC, 61DA, 61DB, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Goode & Goode [2006] FamCA 1346; (2006) FLC 93-286


  12. Rice & Robb (No.2) [2007] FMCAfam 1045 (20 December 2007)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Children aged 9, 6 & 4 – children’s father deceased – application by children’s paternal grandmother for children to live with her – application opposed by children’s mother who seeks orders that the children live with her – high level of conflict between parties – order in favour of a non-parent – application of presumption of equal shared parental responsibility – best interests and considerations of reasonable practicality – mother lives in Adelaide – grandmother lives in P – children resident with grandmother since father’s death – considerations of stability in arrangements for ongoing care of children – weighing of need for children to have meaningful relationship with both parties against need to safeguard them from neglect – weight to be given to views expressed to independent expert by oldest child.
Date Delivered:
 20 December 2007
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) ss.60CA; 60CC; 61D; 61DA; 64B; 65DAA; 65DAE; 68L; 68LA Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) s.140
Cases Cited:
 Briginshaw v Briginshaw [1938] HCA 34; (1938) 60 CLR 336 H v W [1995] FamCA 30; (1995) FLC 92-598 R & R: Children’s Wishes [2000] FamCA 43; (1999) 25 Fam LR 712 B and R and the Separate Representative (1995) FLC 92-636


  13. Safford & Safford [2007] FMCAfam 878 (29 October 2007)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Child aged 6 – arrangements for care pending final hearing – allegations of family violence made by mother – allegations of neglect made by father – whether presumption of equal shared parental responsibility applies – entitlement of child to have meaningful relationship with both parents – equal time – substantial and significant time – best interests – reasonable practicality.
Date Delivered:
 29 October 2007
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60B, 60CA, 60CC, 61DA, 61DB, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Goode & Goode [2006] FamCA 1346; (2006) FLC 93-286 JG & BG 18 Fam LR 255


  14. Rangan & Chopra [2007] FMCAfam 755 (28 September 2007)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Child aged 12 – presumption of equal shared parental responsibility – whether in child’s best interests or reasonably practicable for child to spend equal periods of time with each parent.
Date Delivered:
 28 September 2007
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975 – ss.60CA; 60CC; 61DA; 65DAA
Cases Cited:


  15. Rapp & Rapp [2007] FMCAfam 720 (17 September 2007)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Children – interim arrangements for care – presumption of equal shared parental responsibility applies – whether shared care or substantial and significant time is reasonably practicable or in children’s best interests.
Date Delivered:
 17 September 2007
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60CA; 60CC; 61DA; 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Goode & Goode [2006] FamCA 1346; (2006) FLC 93-286


  16. Morgan & Morgan [2007] FMCAfam 902 (1 August 2007)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Children – interim arrangements for care pending final hearing – presumption of equal shared parental responsibility – best interests – reasonable practicality.
Date Delivered:
 1 August 2007
Before:
 Brown FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60CC; 61DA; 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Goode & Goode (2006) FLC93-286


  17. R & O [2007] FMCAfam 473 (12 June 2007)   
Catchwords:
 FAMILY LAW – Interim living arrangements for children – equal shared parental responsibility – equal time or substantial and significant time with each parent – best interests of the children – reasonably practicable – relevant section 60CC factors – frequency of changeovers – splitting of siblings.
Date Delivered:
 12 June 2007
Before:
 Mowbray FM
Legislation Cited:
 Family Law Act 1975, ss.60CC, 65DAA
Cases Cited:
 Goode v Goode [2006] FamCA 1346; (2006) 36 FAM LR 422 Goode & Goode (No. 2) [2007] FamCA 315 KML & RAE [2006] FMCAfam 528