Child Custody Lawyers
What is child custody and how are they made?
Child custody (sometimes referred to as parenting order ) is an order of a court issued pursuant to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). In Child Custody Law In Australia, a parenting order may deal with, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:
- When or how a child may travel;
- The person or persons with whom a child is to live;
- The time a child is to spend with another person or other persons;
- The allocation of parental responsibility for a child;
- The communication a child is to have with another person or other persons;
- Medical matters;
- Education; or
- Maintenance of a child.
The overarching concern of the Family Court is to make orders that are in the best interest of the child. Unless there is good reason to do otherwise, the Court will presume that it is in the best interest of a child for parents to have shared responsibility.
Who can get a child custody arrangement?
It is not only parents who can ask the Court to make a parenting order. Any person who has an interest in the care, welfare, and development of a child can ask the Court to make a parenting order. This includes grandparents, step-parents and legal guardians and our Child custody lawyers can help with this.
Before you make an application to the Court to resolve any dispute concerning children, you are usually required to attend Family Dispute Resolution to attempt to resolve the dispute first. You’ll be given a certificate to file with your application after you finish dispute resolution.
Contact a Child Custody Lawyer
Are you concerned about a breach of a child custody arrangement?
If you are concerned that a party may have breached a child custody arrangement , you should consider seeking legal advice. Our experienced child custody lawyers can provide you with tailored advice. This is to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome for your child or children following a separation.
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- Independent child custody lawyers in parenting proceedings
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*This is general information only, and does not constitute specific legal advice. Please consult one of our experienced Legal Team for specific advice relevant to your situation.