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Cases published May 2019

Family Court of Australia- Full Court

Markes & Markes (No. 2) [2019] FamCAFC 96 (6 June 2019)
FAMILY LAW – APPEAL – PARENTING – Contravention of parenting orders – Adequacy of reasons for declaration made – Serious nature of the matter and the consequent need for sufficient reasons – Whether transcript revealed sufficient reasons – Where leave to appeal was not required – Appeal allowed.


Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Coulter & Coulter (No.2) [2019] FCCA 1290 (15 May 2019)
FAMILY LAW – Parenting – trial – application to exclude evidence – video recordings and audio recordings of conversations secretly made by mother – where mother a party to video recorded conversations but not a party to audio recorded conversations – private conversations – whether either type of recording improper – whether either type of recording was evidence obtained in contravention of Australian law – discretion to admit evidence improperly or illegal obtained – right of child to meaningful relationship with a parent – importance of privacy to a meaningful relationship.