In a speech delivered at a recent Family Law seminar, Federal Magistrate Keith Slack set out the Judges' expectations of parties conducting their matters through the Courts and in particular, what conduct he views as enhancing your chances of a better outcome in parenting matters.
While acknowledging that high conflict family disputes may generate conduct that the parties involved would never otherwise engage in, Federal Magistrate Slack was clear on the behaviour he deemed may generate better outcomes.
Federal Magistrate Slack advised that parents achieve better outcomes in Family Law litigation when (even if the other party does not) they can:
This view of a Judge whose career is to hear and determine Family Law disputes, provides unambiguous guidelines as to what a Judge expects of you during the conduct of your matter.
In effect, Federal Magistrate Slack simply stated that, as a party to litigation, you must consider how your conduct will be viewed and judged in Court and you must ask yourself the following question:
This is what the Judge will be looking for in your Hearing.