In DCCSDS & Ibbott (No 2) FamCA 698 a mother entered Australia on a student visa from Ecuador. The child’s father lived in Australia but had refused to pay child support. The mother agreed to study in Australia if the father would assist with the child’s living expenses.
Soon after arriving, the father stopped contributing substantially and the mother informed him of her intention to return to Ecuador. The father filed an Application in the Court and the mother was prevented from leaving Australia.
One of the main considerations the court made was the “habitual residence” of the mother and whether the father could show that it had changed from Ecuador to Australia.
As the mother was only here for three and a half months and on a student visa, seemingly the court’s opinion was that the mother and child had not achieved such stability in Australia to be considered “settled” here.
For this reason, amongst others, the mother was allowed to return to Ecuador with the child.
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