Full Court Minute Books

Case B21/2020

Clayton v. Bant

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

07/11/2019 Family Court of Australia (Strickland, Ainslie-Wallace and Ryan JJ)

[2019] FamFAFC 200


Family law –Foreign divorce –Res judicata–Where respondent obtained fault-based divorce from Dubai court with orders that appellant repay him marriage dowry–Where appellant sought orders in Australia concerning property interests and spousal maintenance under Family Law Act 1975(Cth) –Whether foreign divorce precluded prosecution of those proceedings on basis that Dubai court finally determined relevant causes of action between the parties.

Short particulars


17/04/2020 Hearing (SLA, Melbourne v/link Sydney)

01/05/2020 Notice of appeal

05/06/2020 Written submissions (Appellant)

05/06/2020 Chronology (Appellant)

30/06/2020 Written submissions (Respondent)

24/07/2020 Reply

09/09/2020 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

09/09/2020 Outline of oral argument (Appellant)

09/09/2020 Outline of oral argument (Respondent)

02/12/2020 Judgment (Judgment summary)