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NSW Family Law - How to Get Location Order to Find Daughter?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by Muz, 21 January 2016.

  1. Muz

    Muz Member

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    Hello, have not seen my daughter in years. I am unaware of her address so I am unable to gain visitation rights. I have heard of a location order under Family Law and need some info on how to do so myself, please.
     
  2. sammy01

    sammy01 Well-Known Member

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    This should get you started:

    Court forms - Federal Circuit Court of Australia

    Click on 'application in a case'.

    So you can apply to the court to locate daughter through Centrelink, but are there any other options - Facebook? Google? Anything?
     
  3. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

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    Application in a case requires that there be a case already pending. You'll want an initiating application, no?
     
  4. Muz

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    I have tried facebook and google etc., Sammy, all options have been used. Her mother applied for full custody some years ago.

    So would that mean there is an open case or would I have to lodge an initiating application?
     
  5. AllForHer

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    It's unlikely the case would still be open if it was several years ago, and you would have been a respondent in those proceedings, so if they were still under way, I expect you would have knowledge of same.

    If I were in your position, I would contact Legal Aid to organise a family dispute resolution conference, which is mandatory before an initiating application for parenting orders can be filed. Legal Aid will do the legwork for you - they will attempt to contact the mother on your behalf, and will generally use all avenues available to them as a government agency. If they're unable to get in contact with her, you will be issued a section 60I certificate, enabling you to file an initiating application with the court.

    You are expected to use your best efforts to have the other party served with the application, but the court has provisions for when a party cannot be located, such as substituted service or you can apply for dispensation of service.

    Contact Legal Aid first. They offer free consultations for family law matters. It would be worthwhile getting legal advice and starting the process for family dispute resolution.
     
  6. Muz

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    Thank you very much. That clears up a lot of parts I was unsure of.
     

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