You’ll be given a copy of their application, and other documents may be mailed to you. You’ll then be able to respond (defend the application) before the court decides whether or not to make the Order Preventing Removal. If the court believes the child will be taken out of New Zealand in the very near future, it can make the Order straightaway and you’ll get to have your say afterwards.
If you don’t respond to the application, the judge can make the Order without hearing what you think.
If you decide to respond, you’ll need to fill in the forms, file them with the court and then serve them on the other people involved in the court case.
It’s free to respond to an application for an Order Preventing Removal.
Note: When you print the forms it's important to print them single sided.
You have a set time to ask the court not to make the Order Preventing Removal.
The court will tell you how many days you have to respond. The set time is usually:
You may want to talk to a lawyer. If you can’t afford a lawyer you may be able to get:
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