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I have been to court and am waiting for the Federal Magistrate to get back to us with a decision on final orders.  Can people please share their experiences with how long their decisions took and did they recieve notification to attend the court again or were the decisions sent directly to legal representiives.  I would be most grateful, the waiting takes it's toll.  Thanks.
I had to wait 5 days.  The Magistrate said that we did not have to be present when he would hand his judgement down, it was up to us.  He said that he would read it out even if it was an empty court.  He said that he could fax it or put it in the mail.  As it was the parties turned up which I think he did not expect to see.  The Magistrate presented in Court for what seemed like a minute or two and delivered the Orders, then quickly left the room as if he was embarrassed about what he had just done.

The Magistrate was a Learner, hadn't acquired his "P" plates yet, and made many blunders.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  M K Gandhi
Thank you for your reply.  I know that the FM we had has quite a bit of experience so I trust that he will make a decision that he believes is in the best interest of our child.  We were told by our legal representative that judgements usually take under three weeks with this particular magistrate and it's been five weeks now.  I generally consider myself a patient person but it sometimes feels family matters consume you and are a lengthy process to undergo.  Hoping for a decision in the very near future.
Clarissa I forgot to log on that reply is from me.  I don't know what I am doing here.lol
Calista said
The Magistrate presented in Court for what seemed like a minute or two and delivered the Orders, then quickly left the room as if he wasembarrassed about what he had just done.

The Magistrate was a Learner, hadn't acquired his "P" plates yet, and made many blunders.
Are you referring to a Federal Magistrate in the Federal Magistrates Court? Why would he need to stay? It is customary to get through the orders and leave. What sort of "blunders" did you feel were made?


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Yes I am referring to a Federal Magistrate in the Federal Magistrates Court.  I believed he should have stayed so that any questions I may have had about the Orders, or his reasons for Judgement he would have been able to provide me his answers.  I was told this by an SRL, that if a party is a SRL then the Federal Magistrate or Judge should stay to answer any questions the SRL may have unlike the other parties who have their legal representives to answer their questions.

The Federal Magistrate prejudged my case. He ran the case to fit his preconceived ideas by limiting and restricting my ability to manage and present my case, he chose to ignore the evidence and based his Reasons for Judgement and Orders not on evidence, but on assumptions. The Federal Magistrate did not treat me fairly, chose to ignore objective evidence, and all of my witnesses.  No justice was seen to be done.

The Federal Magistrate made so many blunders in my case it would take about 40 pages to type it all out, believe me!

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  M K Gandhi
The judgement arrived today via our solictior and emailed to me.

So it took 5 weeks.

What I have learnt from this experience is … if it feels like your life is hold then there is a good reason for that.

Judgments can hold decisions that can change the course of your life.
I am not entirely happy with the decisions made by the FM.

However the litigation process is a very difficult process and puts a huge strain on families.

I will accept his decision, even though i don't agree with it and move on with my life.

I have spent to much energy on this already that can now be spent on my children where it should of been in the first instance.

My decsion came down after 4 months

Long marriage, kids all left home, wife claimed she could no longer work due to health issues, I have been out of work for 9 months, so the FM (female) ordered her to receive 100% of all of our property and let me keep a very modestly sized superannuation fund.

Brilliant, it is so nice to wiped out at age 61.

O_o
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