Custody case father calls for Family Court transparency
Stephen Jelicich, speaking publicly for the first time since coming out of hiding with baby Caitlin, said the role of the Family Court in determining parental custody was too important to be shrouded in secrecy.
“I have absolutely no doubt the Family Court needs transparency because they do seem to be a law unto themselves. They disregard laws, they rush things, they don’t actually take into account the child’s welfare.
“I have documented proof as to what was done wrong (in my case).”
Speaking with Caitlin in his arms, Mr Jelicich said that despite losing confidence in the Family Court, he was confident of keeping his six-month-old daughter in New Zealand.
The couple now have a month to prepare their cases for the Hague Convention proceedings. Mr Jelicich said he had not spoken to his estranged wife since before Christmas, when they had an argument that resulted in Mrs Jelicich being charged with assault.
Police withdrew the charge after she left New Zealand for Wales but Mr Jelicich said he did not consent and was seeking to have the charge laid again.