What is equal shared parental responsibility?
The Family Law Act contains the concept of equal shared parental responsibility, which involves the authority that parents have over their children. This includes important decisions regarding naming, education, religion, culture and medical care, and who has the authority to make these decisions. If there’s no court order in place, parental responsibility is shared equally between both parents. A court order is necessary to gain sole parental responsibility.
The Family Law Act presumes that both parents should have equal shared responsibility, emphasising cooperation for the long-term benefit of the children. A parenting plan or parenting orders can cover details of a parenting relationship, formalising details of day-to-day interactions and responsibilities you have with your children.