I am in a legal battle now for over 2 years. Both the ICL and our lawyer believe strongly that the other party has lost all possible recourse to alter the current interim orders (no contact with the child). Trust me, sometimes there is due cause for this ruling. The other parent has refused and is now 'self-representing' with another application. This will almost certainly be dismissed but not before, yet again, costing us many more thousands of dollars. As the other parent clearly plans to take this to trial, we have no choice but to go along. We plan, however, to ask our lawyer to write to the other parent and the ICL with something like; "…as your recent application to resume full contact with the child has been summarily dismissed, we are now proceeding to trial. The likely legal cost to each parent will be considerable, however, you have elected to self-represent; hence, your costs are minimal. Having conferred with the ICL and many peers, I am certain beyond any reasonable doubt that a trial would not alter in any way the current orders. Should you choose to continue it will be assumed that you do so for unreasonable purposes and not with the best interests of the Child in mind. As the law protects the abuse of legal process for the purpose of negatively impacting the welfare or amenity of another person we would apply for and pursue full financial restitution of all fees paid by my client relating to any further court proceedings. This matter has been addressed in several family court matters and I refer you to Smith vs Jones 2005, Bloggs vs Withers 2008 in which final orders were made to this effect. Also, should you choose to ignore a court ordered demand for payment you would be subject to the further criminal prosecution which may include imprisonment and / or further financial penalties. We, therefore, appeal to your intellect to discontinue any further action” My request is simple. Could you please recommend any Family Court cases in Australia where the above has applied, and what penalties would be likely should the other party refuse to pay. P.S. please do not tell me that the Family Court expects each parent to pay their own way in legal matters. This has gone way past any "child's best interests". The Family report, Psyche and ICL are all in agreement. I simply want to get this crazy ex out of our lives and move on to trying to wear down the $60,000 debt it has caused us so far.