Gaile & Talton 2015 FamCA 580
A maternal great aunt and uncle applied for final parenting orders. Evidence was given that the child protection department had expressed concerns about a range of topics related to the mother including her alleged drug addictions, criminal behaviour, verbal and physical violence perpetrated by her and her partners towards the children, the mother’s mental health issues, lack of supervision and the mother’s refusal to engage with the child protection department and exposing the children to parties or inappropriate recreational events with her friends. The mother did not appear in court.
The judge ordered that the children live with the applicants and that the applicants have sole parenting responsibility for the children.