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NSW Not Responding to Initiating Application - What Next?

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by ForATime, 21 April 2016.

  1. ForATime

    ForATime Well-Known Member

    24 June 2015
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    If I choose not to respond to initiating application regarding children's matters, what are the likely next steps under Family Law?
  2. sammy01

    sammy01 Well-Known Member

    27 September 2015
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    Why are you choosing not to respond?

    If you are not seeing the children and don't want to then the courts are likely to make an order allowing for the current situation to continue.

    If, however, the kids are with you and you're not letting the other parent see the kids - well, the court could make orders and if you don't comply with them, then the court can take action including fines and jail. The other parent could also make a costs claim against you.

    Look - if you are not letting the other parent see their kids and not responding to the court application is simply continuing on with your attempts to prevent the other parent from seeing the kids, I reckon you might want to think this through.

    You might want to provide a few more details so that the good folk here can give you more precise opinions.
  3. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

    23 July 2014
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    The Court will likely adjourn at first instance, but after that, it may allow the matter to proceed undefended, in which case, the evidence of the other party will go untested and the Court may make orders in your absence.
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