COURT ORDERS MOTHER CAN RE-LOCATE WITH CHILDREN TO NEW ZEALAND DUE TO FATHER’S ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

In a recent case before the Federal Circuit Court, the court was required to consider a mother’s application to re-locate the children to New Zealand.

The court heard that the father was sexually abused as a child by a teacher at his school.  The mother was not aware of this abuse until the Family Law proceedings commenced and the father presented evidence to the court.

There were two children of the marriage who were aged 5 and 3.

The court found that his own psychologist described him as a “very troubled man” who was behaving as “an alpha male”.  The father admitted to having anger management issues and the court found that this was “consistent with his demeanour in the witness box”.

In deciding that the mother could relocate with the children to New Zealand the Judge said:

“The father has behaved in an anti-social way for many years and his children and his wife have suffered as a consequence. Whether the children live in Australia or New Zealand his functioning will continue to be impaired and present a risk to the children”.