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Court Reverses Decision On Child Coming Back To Australia

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Family, Law, Service, Tips | Comments Off on Court Reverses Decision On Child Coming Back To Australia

Court Reverses Decision On Child Coming Back To Australia

One of the most recent cases child custody lawyers in Melbourne are keeping up with is that of a mother taking her child to New Zealand without the consent of the father. The mother tried to convince Australia’s High Court that her child who is only three years old will be put to harm and will be subjected to intolerable situation if they are mandated to go back to Australia from New Zealand where they ran away.

The Family Court originally agreed that the child should not be forced to come back to Australia but this decision was overturned by the Justice Simon France of Wellington’s High Court when he allowed the father to appeal against the previous decision. Aside from the child, the father has three other kids.

According to the family court, the mother has pleaded that the child will be put at risk if they come back to Australia thus the decision. If proven otherwise, the child will be ordered to return. It was established that the relationship of the mother and the father has always been problematic. After meeting in 2013, they moved in together and got pregnant thereafter.

The mother claimed that the father taught her how to use drugs and meth became their daily vice. They were both convicted due to violence while the mother is an alcoholic. It was last year when the mother, born and raised in New Zealand, decided to bring the child to her home country. The mother and child were able to escape because the father was then in custody for violence which is against the Family Violence Order.

Justice France believed that the Family Court made an error when they sided on the mother’s fear that the child will be put at risk if they go back to Australia. Even those who offer their services as child custody lawyers in Melbourne agree with the decision to allow the father to file an appeal. The mother, on her part, can file a case at the Australian court to relocate in New Zealand with the child.

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Stanton Grant Raided By Victoria Authorities Regarding Bikie Money Laundering

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018 in Law, News, Service, Tips | Comments Off on Stanton Grant Raided By Victoria Authorities Regarding Bikie Money Laundering

Stanton Grant Raided By Victoria Authorities Regarding Bikie Money Laundering

South Melbourne firm Stanton Grant Legal, known for their personal and probate lawyers in Melbourne, was raided late in March and seized by local authorities from its partners and placed under the supervision of a legal regulator-chosen manager, as part of the authorities’ anti-bikie efforts.

There were a lot of corporate, personal and probate lawyers in Melbourne sweating, as dozens of law firms across the region were raided as part of investigations with alleged money laundering done by the notorious Aussie motorcycle outlaw gang, the Comancheros.

Howard Rapke, a managing partner at Holding Redlich law firm, was appointed by the Legal Services Board as the manager of Stanton Grant Legal, granting him authority of the daily operations of the firm for as long as the LSB decided.  Mr. Rapke, in a statement, confirmed this appointment, but did not reveal why he was chosen to manage Stanton Grant Legal. He also didn’t elaborate on how long the appointment would hold.

The anti-bikie operations, led by Echo Taskforce, executed several search warrants late in March, with Stanton Grant Legal being one of the targets of the raids, which included accountancy firms, gyms, tattoo parlours, other legal firms, and even brothels. Nine people were also charged with a wide range of infractions, which included drug possession, and false accounting, among others.

Reportedly, one of the key targets of the raids was David Graer, self-described “forensic accountant”, who has connected to a property developer that was under investigation from the Australian Taxation Office regarding tax evasion. Though he was not directly charged, one of the targeted locations were a known property of Mr. Graer.

Regarding the anti-bikie efforts, Comanchero Mick Murray, who was in jail for not answering inquiries made by the covert Office of the Chief Examiner, a government agency set up specifically for dealing with organized crime.

The verdict was passed in a Supreme Court hearing late in March, a week before the raids, which led to Murray receiving an eight-month sentence for contempt of the chief examiner. Details regarding the judgement revealed that Murray did not go under the oath of affirmation when asked by the court. Murray says that the Crimes Commission is the worst-kept secret in Melbourne, with everyone knowing and hearing of what happens.

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