I am attending federal district court next week for custody of children. My ex initiated the proceedings after a lawyer from legal aid advised me to sit and wait for him to try mediation. Then I was served "ex-parte" by a court bailiff. My question is why I have to travel to attend a court over 1000km away from where the non custodial parent left myself and our child so he could relocate? My legal aid applied to attend via phone but the judge has asked that I attend. Legal aid won't find flights, so I have paid what little money I have on flights for lawyers and myself. Apparently this is unusual and I wonder why? Shouldn't it be filed where we reside and still reside? The orders the ex have applied for is that our son move to where he has moved to, he have full custody of our son and I get supervised visits once a month. This is due to alleged domestic violence, physical abuse, drug abuse, emotional and verbal abuse with myself being the perpetrator. These are false allegations. The background info is that I ended a relationship with him due to physical abuse, drug use and affairs. When I ended the marriage he took everything from myself and our son, leaving us with a bed and a couch. I went to the police station after speaking with legal aid over the phone. I mentioned (after being questioned) that I did have significant injuries (a lot of bruising, some scratches and a cut on my foot) from my ex just before he left. The police photographed this for evidence and immediately put a dvo in place. This is currently temporary until trial date. Also there are criminal charges going through court in relation to those violent offenses committed against me. I feel as a "reaction" from him being served this police application, that a cross application has in turn been applied for by himself and his lawyer and served to myself. Am I right in viewing it that way? They will be going to trial together (in this case, where I live and where it all happened). Can anyone give me an insight on what to expect with the above information or give me any help for attending court in this case please. Thank you!!