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.
The law’s main consideration is what is the best interests of each child.
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.
Some of the children’s matters in which we provide advice and representation are:
We will advise you as to what legal rights you have and where necessary, take steps to protect your legal position.
We try and avoid the need for going to court and prefer to reach a solution sooner. If you and your partner cannot reach an agreement before going to court, we will guide you through the process. We regularly appear in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in relation to children’s matters.
Our family lawyers are experienced and empathetic to our clients’ position, but tough and determined where required on the other party.
We have helped others and we can help you.
We are enthusiastic about our family lawyers development and the service that our law firm provides to our clients and our family lawyers are members of the Family Law Section of the Law Council. The council seeks to influence the development and practice of family law in Australia and the also promote the professional excellence of those in engaged the family law system.