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My wife was abused as a child. She acted out and abused

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My wife was abused as a child. She acted out and abused another child. It went to court and she received a good behaviour bond. The mother of the abused child is ring us and threatening to take it to court unless we pay her. This was ov3r 20 years ago. Is there a statute of limitations on a damages claim against a child offence?

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Western Australia

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Not yet. She only contacted contacted her last night

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Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Australia Law
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Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
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Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

In this type of situation, mediating the matter with the assistance of lawyers will be the key element in resolving the claims that are raised.

Have you considered this option ?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Not yet. The mother of the child who my wife abused as a child has rung my wife asking for us to offer her some compensation amount or she'll go to court. I feel that this is blackmail and that the women should attempt to proceed with civil action, rather than trying to get money through the back door. What's to say if we offer money, she doesn't come back asking for more later.
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Ok, this is a very tricky issue, and where there are calls of this nature, it is important that detailed file notes are taken.

Is this occurring at this time ?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Why have I been charged $81 for this. It said it was a $5 refundable payment
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
It happened last night. My wife was a child at the time of the offence and charged as a child.
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

You will on be charged for what you have selected.

As you matter is extremely important I have extended a special offer to you if you prefer to talk on the telephone ?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
We don't have much money. I selected free trial, and now says it charged $81 and you want another $7 for a call. I think I'll cancel this before it costs me anymore
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

You matter is very important and you are talking with a lawyer, and I will assist you at this special rate.

It is important to resolve the allegations raised otherwise the matter will end up up in court costing in the thousands of dollars.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
We'll try to contact a local lawyer. I'm not spending anymore on this scam service
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

I am local in Melbourne. Is that close enough ?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I'm in WA in a country town 300km from Perth
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

That is ok, I am Australian lawyer and can help you and will be much more cost effective than sitting in a lawyers office paying the $300 + fee per hour.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
All I want to know is does the mother of the abused child have any grounds to claim damages for something that was settled in court 20+ years ago. Especially when my wife's was a child when she's committed the offence and she was give a good behaviour bond
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Yes she does, subject the facts, and she will need to prove the allegations raised.

But once the matter is raised in the court it will be costly for both parties.

It is important to address the issues early .

Would you like to talk on the phone ?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I'll get back to you.
Solicitor: John Melis, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Ok.

So did I answer your questions to day as to your requirements ?

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