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I'm due to have an initial hearing in front of Judge Spelleken. I was wondering if there was any advice or experiences people may feel comfortable sharing about this particular judge? I'm very nervous about going to court and am hoping for anything that might allay my fear of the unknown. I am the applicant mother in the case and its my first time in court. I'm represented and there's a lot of background material for the case.

Thank you in advance for any input.
Circe said
 I'm due to have an initial hearing in front of Judge Spelleken…….. and its my first time in court
What sort of hearing is this? A mention, directions or Interim. Since you are saying its the first time the assumption would be a mention, what has your solicitor told you? The different types of hearings can vary greatly in duration. Your solicitor should be telling you a little more than what you should wear. At the least before any hearing if you are going to have to answer any questions your solicitor should be letting you know the most common asked in Court and your type of response.
Circe said
  anything that might allay my fear of the unknown.
You really have to have visited a court to see the actual process. The known is The Family Law Act and previous cases which give you an idea of the decision making process. There is section of this site that deals with Case Law and The Family Law Court and Austlii have a wealth of case law information. If nothing else a read of Section 60CC of the Family Law Act will guide you on the primary and additional considerations that a Court must make to determine BIC.

Spelleken has been based in Queensland so Queenslanders on this site should have had experience with her.

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"At the least before any hearing if you are going to have to answer any questions your solicitor should be letting you know the most common asked in Court and your type of response." My solicitor said that neither me nor my ex will have to speak at this hearing. She said the judge will have read the material, and then she and the other solicitor both get up and "make their case".

I finally got my exes responding affidavit and proposed orders yesterday, which is only a couple of business days before court (as larissap predicted). It's beautifull written - she must have paid a fortune to have it done. It's also full of easily provable blatant lies so I stayed up till 4 am working on my response to her response and compiling evidence, so that I can sign it all tomorrow which is only 1 business day before court. I hate that the time is cutting so close, but it's not my fault. She had 8 weeks to respond and chose not to until now. I'm guessing so that I wouldn't be able to respond.
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