News

Temporary stay in custody case

 A Family Court justice has offered to hear a discharge application from the mother's lawyers next month.
A Family Court justice has offered to hear a discharge application from the mother's lawyers next month.

A FAMILY court judge has granted a temporary stay allowing the Sunshine Coast sisters at the centre of an international custody battle to remain here until at least September 27.

The Family Court justice had earlier offered the girls' mother an opportunity to challenge his original order on May 16 to return them to Italy.

Their great aunt, arriving at the Federal Court ahead of a stay application, said the two eldest of the four children, aged nine to 15, were already making plans to return to Australia if they are ordered back to Italy with their father.

"They're scared, they're angry, they're profoundly sad," she said.

"Nobody's going to give up, we can't give up."

A Family Court justice offered to hear a discharge application from the mother's lawyers next month.

He said a child dispute resolution officer could assess the children on August 29 and deliver a report by September 7.

The justice said he would ask the officer to assess whether the girls objected to being returned, the cognitive and emotional development of the children and whether they understood an Italian court could order them back to Australia.

He has offered to hear the matter on September 27, knowing the application would probably come anyway with a Federal Court appeal due in the future.

The justice noted circumstances had changed since his original order because the girls were no longer in hiding.

He said the court case could drag on until next year unless the parties agreed to drop their stay application and move to a discharge hearing.

The girls, who hold dual Australian-Italian citizenships, came to Australia on holidays in 2010 and never returned.

Their father is fighting for the right to take them back.

 

11:30am: Mum gets chance to challenge order

THE family of four Sunshine Coast sisters at the centre of an international custody battle will not "give up".

And a Family Court justice has offered the girls' mother an opportunity to challenge his original order on May 16 to return them to Italy.

Their great aunt, arriving at the Federal Court ahead of a stay application, said the two eldest of the four children, aged nine to 15, were already making plans to return to Australia if they are ordered back to Italy with their father.

"They're scared, they're angry, they're profoundly sad," she said.

"Nobody's going to give up, we can't give up."

A Family Court justice has offered to hear a discharge application from the mother's lawyers next month.

He said a child dispute resolution officer could assess the children on August 29 and deliver a report by September 7.

The justice said he would ask the officer to assess whether the girls objected to being returned, the cognitive and emotional development of the children and whether they understood an Italian court could order them back to Australia.

He has offered to hear the matter on September 27, knowing the application would probably come anyway with a Federal Court appeal due in the future.

The justice noted circumstances had changed since his original order because the girls were no longer in hiding.

He said the court case could drag on until next year unless the parties agreed to drop their stay application and move to a discharge hearing.

The girls, who hold dual Australian-Italian citizenships, came to Australia on holidays in 2010 and never returned.

Their father is fighting for the right to take them back.

The case will resume at 11.30am when the families are expected to decide whether they will take up the justice's offer.

Topics:  custody battle family court



Shoppers hit Prince St over holiday period

Noel Smith of Low Pressure Surf Co in Prince St, Grafton. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner

A fruitful holiday season for Grafton's main street.

The scary reality behind Australia's heatwaves

A new report found 2016 was the hotter year yet.

YOU think the weather is bad now? It could get a whole lot worse.

Clarence full of golden grains of coastal goodness

Sand is fascinating if underrated.

Tribute to an undervalued natural resource

Local Partners

Pool upgrades a positive for community

New facilities at the South Grafton Pool improve access for all members of the community was officially opened by the Minister for Disability Services


Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

See the historical heritage horses

OPEN DAY: Enjoy a day out learning or finding your next dream horse from the Guy Fawkes River National Park.

Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association Inc. open day.

Clarence full of golden grains of coastal goodness

Sand is fascinating if underrated.

Tribute to an undervalued natural resource

Scriven's self-taught guitar playing wins over audiences

Adam Scriven will play Yamb'a Pacific Hotel next Wednesday night.

Multi-instrumentalist's self-taught approach wins over fans

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

Dating between the sheets on national TV?

Singles meet for the first time in their underwear in the SBS TV series Undressed.

NO shortage of singles willing to get Undressed with a stranger.

Clarence claims our First Lady of Blues

Catch the incredible Fiona Boyes live at Yamba's Pacific Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

Claiming the First lady of Blues

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!