The issue of custody has continue to generate a serious controversy, by one party alleging another over custody of their kids, the case of this Italian father whose three kids he has not seen since 2010 because they are been kept by their granny in Australia. The man needs the custody of his child but this will be decided by the court. Read further below
THE Italian father involved in an international custody battle over his four daughters has lodged an official complaint of child stealing against the girl’s Australian great-grandmother.
The complaint came as The Age learned that New South Wales-based federal MP Craig Kelly offered to arrange free legal advice to the girls’ mother, according to emails obtained by the Italian father’s lawyers.
The 35-year-old Italian father has been fighting for access to his children, aged nine, 10, 13 and 14, whom he had not seen since 2010 when their mother brought them to Australia on the pretext of a holiday.
The High Court is to decide if the family must return to Italy for a custody hearing. No names of those involved in the Family Court matter can be published.
Late yesterday the father went to Maroochydore police station on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to make an official complaint against the girl’s great grandmother, alleging the woman had taken the children without permission when they were supposed to have been handed over to him just before leaving to travel to Italy.
But the girl’s great-grandmother last night denied the allegations.
“I just looked after them. I got a call to go to a place and when I got there the girls were already there and everybody left. I didn’t have a toothbrush or anything. I was there for eight days. It’s a beat-up. He [the father] will end up with egg on his face.”
Yesterday Mr Kelly confirmed he offered to help because the mother had “been rejected” for legal aid. “Without taking sides there was one side having legal representation and one side that wasn’t.”
The custody battle seems to be raging as the granny said, that the kids were abandon for her and that she is the one taking care of the kids and not the case of her stealing those kids.
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