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Lesbian granted access to child

A 62-YEAR-OLD lesbian has been awarded access by the Family Court to the three-year-old child of her former partner, despite the couple splitting after living together for less than a year and a judge ruling the woman was not legally the child's parent.The Family Court has ruled that, although the 62-year-old did not live in a de facto relationship with the woman and was not legally a parent of the girl, she could have court-ordered access because she was a significant person in the child's life.

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Category: Judgements

Public applauded for helping find missing boys

Dongara police have praised the public for their help in finding two Victorian children who disappeared earlier this year. Nine-year-old Joshua and six-year-old Anthony Squillace were found in the town yesterday, after a nationwide appeal for information on their whereabouts. The Family Court had issued an order for the recovery of the boys after their mother allegedly contravened a court order granting shared access in May this year.

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Category: General

Dad faces extradition from Thailand

The three-year-old daughter of a 39-year-old Australian arrested over her abduction sobbed as he was taken away by Thai police and Australian embassy officials, a witness in Phuket said.

The man, named by media reports as John Leary, from the Sydney suburb of Mosman, was arrested on Friday at the Add Mansion hotel and guest house where he had been staying with his daughter Savannah since January 14.

It is alleged Leary collected his daughter from her Sydney school on October 26 last year then fled to Singapore before entering Malaysia.

The Thai-language Kom Chad Luek newspaper said Leary contacted his American-born ex-wife in February and allegedly demanded more than $A1 million in ransom.

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Aussie dad reunites with long-lost son

Beaming Australian father Ken Thompson has finally been reunited with his six-year-old son Andrew in Amsterdam following a two-and-a-half-year search. The former NSW deputy fire chief met with his son for an emotional 40-minute reunion on Monday in the Dutch city. It was the first time Mr Thompson had seen his son since April 2008, when the boy was taken to Europe by his mother, Melinda Stratton.

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Category: General

NSW DoCS inquiry will be thorough says retired Justice James Wood

A commission set up to investigate the troubled NSW child protection system will not "tinker at the edges" and may be the only chance to make real changes, the man heading the inquiry retired Justice James Wood says. A spate of shocking child deaths has plagued the Department of Community Services (DoCS) in recent months, prompting NSW Premier Morris Iemma to set up the special commission. The death in October last year of two-year-old Dean Shillingsworth, whose body was stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in a western Sydney park, shocked the nation. A woman was later charged with his killing, and it was revealed the infant had been known to DoCS. The pressure for an inquiry intensified in November last when seven-year-old Shellay Ward, also known to DoCS, was found starved to death in her Hawks Nest home, north of Newcastle.

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Category: Press Releases

Melinda Stratton sticks it up Court - Kidnaps Child

Melinda Stratton is a woman on the run. In April last year, she fled Australia with her four-year-old son, Andrew, son of NSW deputy fire chief Ken Thompson, to avoid a custody hearing in the Family Court. Ms Stratton - a professional woman from Sydney's northern suburbs, who has an MBA, speaks French and German, and has lived and worked abroad - has so far managed to dodge the authorities, but yesterday emerged from seclusion to tell her side of the story.

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Category: Courts

International hunt after mum snatches Andrew, 4

Child Abduction: Ken Thompson's 4-year-old son has been abducted by his wife Melinda Thompson, who has fled overseas. Andrew was abducted on 24 April this year. The pair flew from Sydney to Singapore and then on to the German city of Frankfurt, where they disappeared. The Family Court this week issued a publication order after Australian and German police exhausted their efforts to find Mrs Thompson, who may be travelling under her maiden name of Stratton.

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Category: General

Well off daughter divorces mother with the aid of the family court…

In an extrodinary move a 16-year-old schoolgirl from an upmarket Auckland suburb has removed herself from her mother's care into the guardianship of the Family Court - because she wanted to live with her sister who is in her early 20s.




 The reasons included that she "does not have a good relationship with her mother" according to Justice Sarah Fleming; that the 16-year-old is given permission by her older sister to stay at friends' houses on school nights when that would be denied by her mother; and that the younger sister shared the older sister's "distress" over being asked to repay debt to her mother incurred for an overseas trip last year.

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Child support receipts not enough K-Fed spends up big at Britney's…

Kevin Federline might play the part of the pauper to his pop princess ex-wife Britney Spears, but in Las Vegas he is king. Spears pays her ex-husband USD $US15,000 ($A16,377) a month in child support for two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James. Her monthly spousal support payments of USD $US20,000 ($A21,836) ended in November. Federline also pays $US18,228 ($A19,902) a month in child support, rent and private school tuition for his two children from a previous relationship. The accounting statement mixes personal expenses, like $US1,500 ($A1,638) a week for a nanny to care for the two toddlers, and business expenses, like $US2,500 ($A2,730) a month for his manager.

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Innocent Perth boy's jail nightmare

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy who was acquitted on Friday night of multiple rape was locked up for almost a year awaiting trial.

Patrick Waring, then a 15-year-old Catholic college student, was dragged out of bed by police a year ago and refused bail on nothing but the say-so of a lying 17-year-old girl who cried rape. Just before the trial started, the girl admitted lying about her sex life the whole time. She had insisted she was a virgin.

DNA tests excluded Patrick from her claims of rape.

She finally admitted she had had sex with a man at the back of a cinema the same afternoon, two hours before claiming Patrick raped her at Joondalup's Central Park after following her from the railway station on March 30 last year. She also admitted to having been in a sexual relationship with her boyfriend at the time.

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Category: Press Releases

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