FAMILY LAW ALERT - THE ANNUAL NATIONAL FILING DEADLINE IS DUE TO EXPIRE SHORTLY!
With the end of the year approaching and many parents considering care arrangements for their children during the Christmas school holiday period, it is not uncommon for the court to become inundated with urgent applications seeking parenting orders during the Christmas holiday period.
The Christmas holiday period is renown for causing an increase in disputes between parents, as each parent has proposed plans for their children during the festive period and such plans may not compliment plans that the other parent may have for the children. If the issue is not addressed in advance, it is likely to result in high conflict between the parents and no doubt, the children suffer as a result of something that could have been avoided altogether.
In order to address the increasing number of parenting applications filed prior to Christmas, the Family Court has fixed an annual national filing deadline to allow the proper and prompt hearing of parenting disputes concerning the summer (Christmas) school holiday period each year. Accordingly, the closing date for filing is 4.00pm on the second Friday in November. Therefore this year, the relevant filing deadline falls on Friday, 13 November 2015.
Depending on the total number of applications filed and whether the cases fall within the anticipated time limits, the Court will aim to assign hearing dates prior to Christmas for applications filed before the deadline. Nevertheless, the Court cannot provide any assurances as to the allocation of a hearing date prior to Christmas for applications lodged after the expiration of the filing deadline.
For this reason, it is very important that if you foresee having issues with parenting arrangements over the Christmas period, that you consider seeking urgent legal advice so that if an urgent parenting application is warranted, you have enough time to prepare and submit your parenting application for filing with the Court prior to 13 November 2015.
If you are concerned that you may require urgent parenting orders and wish to seek advice regarding your circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can promptly address your queries and action the matter expeditiously.