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Protecting Your Children’s Welfare During a Separation

If you are have separated, or are considering separating from your partner and you have children, it is vital to ensure that they are well cared for and that their best interests are considered. The impact of separation on children should not be underestimated. If separating parents can agree on nothing else, most will agree that the children’s interests are paramount.

This is consistent with the law’s main consideration which is what is in the “best interests” of each child.

What is in the best interests of your child will be different from other families and the Courts acknowledge the difference. You can work through parenting and children issues with your partner and family members and formalise those arrangements with a family lawyer. Or if you can’t agree then you can seek help from other family law professionals.

Joint Parental Responsibility

Parents will usually have joint parental responsibility. This means that both of you as parents will share the major decisions about your child, such as health and schooling.

Joint parental responsibility is different to living arrangements.  Living arrangements determine the time to be spent with each parent and this depends on the desire of the parent, the practicality of the time sought and the ability of a parent to create an appropriate living environment for the child and what is the best for your child.  Other factors are also taken into account when deciding on living arrangements.


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