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Does anybody have any idea how long it takes or how long someone has to repond once papers have been served for custody application?
Yep, as long as it takes them to respond.

There is no rule. I have had matters where proceedings have been on foot for over 6 months and the other side has still not yet filed a Response. Eventually they will be ordered to put-up-or-shut-up and the Registrar/Magistrate/Judge will make Orders requiring them to file a Response by X date. As it sounds like you have only just served the initiating Application, a formal Response, filed with the Family Court, could very well be months away, even if your first Court Event is not.

Hope the above helps!

- Zer0ne -
Re "Yep, as long as it takes them to respond. There is no rule".

The following notice is attached to the last page of the Initiating Application document. The way I read it is that the respondent is required to respond within a given time-frame:

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RESPONDENT(S)
You should seek legal advice about this application.
If you do not want the court to make the orders sought in this application or if you
want the court to make other orders, YOU MUST:
For proceedings in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia
. file at the court a response, an affidavit and other relevant documents including,
in financial matters, a Financial Statement
. deliver a copy of the response, affidavit and other relevant documents to the
applicants address for service within 14 days,
and
. attend at the hearing. Please note: If you do not attend the hearing orders
may be made in your absence.

For proceedings in the Family Court of Australia
. at least 7 days before the Court date shown on page one of this application,
file at the court a Response to Initiating Application and in a financial case, a
Financial Statement. These forms are available at any family law registry or at
www.familylawcourts.gov.au
. file an affidavit if interim or procedural orders are sought by either party. A
form of affidavit in support of a response seeking or opposing interim parenting
orders is available at any family law registry or at www.familylawcourts.gov.au
. file other documents, as required, depending on the orders you seek (see Rule 4.18
of the Family Law Rules 2004)
. serve on all other parties copies of the documents filed, at least 7 days before
the court date shown on page one of this application,
and
. attend at the hearing. Please note: If you do not attend the hearing orders
may be made in your absence.


Does it not mean anything then?  Surely if a matter is lodged as being urgent, the Magistrate wouldn't permit it to drag on, or am I being naive?
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