Issues involving arrangements for the children are common following the breakdown of a relationship or marriage.
Before you can commence child related proceedings in the Family Court, it is compulsory for all parties to attend Family Dispute Resolution. If you are unable to do this or if the circumstances are urgent, you may be able to obtain an exemption.
The paramount consideration of the Court is the best interests of the child or the children.
The Court has the power to make various types of Orders concerning children. The following list includes some of these orders:
- Which parent the child is to live with.
- The time the child spends with each parent.
- Whether both parties have parental responsibility for a child or whether there are circumstances which require one party to have the parental responsibility for the child;
- In specific circumstances, what financial support is appropriate for a child.
The Court can make an order which concerns any other aspect of the care, welfare or development of a child; and this includes matters concerning religion, education, medical, travel or other incidental issues.
These Orders can be made on an interim or final basis, by application to the Court or by consent.
Please contact us to make an appointment to discuss any child related issues which you are currently facing, or which you anticipate facing in the near future.