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This was a bit surprising as there is an exemption for a s60i if both parties agree. Also the court has wide discretion to apply or dispense with court rules.
It makes no sense that the mother’s lawyer would object to parenting as likely to delay financial proceedings as ultimately parenting will be introduced into proceedings.
(There are always alarms bells when a parent only cares about financial and leaves parenting unresolved)
I suspect the judge didn’t want to hear the matter where parties and their representation don’t know what they are doing.