4 Jun 2020

Court of Appeal case forces long term change

From Morning Report, 8:40 am on 4 June 2020

Whisking a child abroad, away from one of its parents, looks set to be treated differently by the courts from now on.

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a mother who argued that forcing her son's return to Australia would put him at grave risk.

She asked judges to force the father making the complaint to provide his criminal history and family court records.

The case sets a precedent whereby courts can demand background information from both parents.

Ben Strang has been following this case for the past 18 months, speaks to Kim Hill.