Safeguarding Children Series – Family Law Watchlists EP 104


In this enlightening episode of the Divorce Collective podcast, Senior Associate Dannielle Young talks about the critical topic of safeguarding children through family law watch lists, also referred to as airport watch lists. Amidst the complexities of family disputes and the concern for children’s welfare, Dannielle offers invaluable insights into how these watch lists serve as an essential tool for protecting children from being taken out of Australia without proper authorisation.

Urgent Legal Action: 

If there’s a risk of your child being taken overseas by another parent, immediate legal advice is paramount. Collective Family Law Group offers free initial consultations to address your concerns promptly.

Family Law Watch List: 

A vital measure under the Family Law Act 1975, managed by the Australian Federal Police, is to prevent unauthorised child departure from Australia through all exit points, including airports and boat terminals.

Securing Your Child’s Safety: 

Learn the steps to place your child’s name on the watch list, either via a court order or an urgent application, ensuring they are protected against unexpected international travel.

The Importance of Compliance: 

Dannielle discusses how the watch list acts as a deterrent against parental child abduction, ensures adherence to court orders, and guards against international child trafficking.

If you’re concerned about your child’s safety and the risk of international abduction, don’t hesitate to reach out for expert advice. Book a free 45-minute initial consultation with Collective Family Law Group today to discuss how you can safeguard your children. And, for more insights into navigating the challenges of family law, listen to our blog for invaluable guidance and support.

The importance of taking swift action and seeking professional guidance to navigate the complexities of family law and ensure the safety of your children. With a focus on preventive measures and legal expertise, Collective Family Law Group stands ready to assist families in protecting their most precious members.



How can I place my child on the Family Law Watch List?

To place your child on the watch list, you’ll need a court order or to file an urgent application with the court. This application is then served on the Australian Federal Police alongside a watch list request form.

What are the main reasons for using the Family Law Watch List?

The watch list serves to prevent child abduction by one parent, ensure compliance with court orders, and protect against international child trafficking, safeguarding children’s safety and wellbeing.

What should I do if I suspect my child might be taken overseas imminently?

If there’s an immediate risk, you should seek urgent legal advice. Collective Family Law Group provides a free 45-minute initial consultation to guide you through the necessary steps and help secure your child’s safety.


Disclaimer: This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Situations vary, so consult a child custody lawyer for advice tailored to your specific circumstances.
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