It is not uncommon for a parent to be concerned that their ex-partner is going to take the children abroad without permission. In these circumstances, an application can be made to place the children on the Family Law Watchlist. This prevents the children leaving the country without the permission of both parents or a Court Order to do so.
Children may be placed on the Watchlist in the following circumstances:
1. The Court has issued an Order limiting or preventing a child’s overseas travel;
2. The Court has issued an injunction limiting or preventing a child’s overseas travel;
3. The child is the subject of a parenting order application currently before the Court that may limit or prevent overseas travel;
4. The child is the subject of an application for an order to place the child on the Watchlist; or
5. The child is the subject of a parenting order or injunction under appeal.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) maintains the Family Law Watchlist. The Watchlist is designed to alert the AFP to the movement of children and identify whether children are leaving Australia.
If you require any assistance with making an application to place your child on the Family Law Watchlist, please contact the Brisbane Family lawyers team at James Noble Law today for a FREE, no-obligation 20-minute consultation. To schedule an appointment with one of our Qualified and experienced and Family lawyers Brisbane.