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01. Family Law

Parenting Arrangements

Arrangements for caring for children following separation can feel all consuming. When making arrangements for children after separation, it’s important that any arrangements made are practical and in the child’s best interests.

 

Parenting arrangements can deal with:

  • The way parents share parental responsibility, or sole parental responsibility;

  • Where and who the children live with;

  • Who the children spend time and communicate with and when ;

  • Any other issues relevant to the children’s care such as schooling, travel, religion or medical treatment.

Parenting arrangements can be dealt with informally by a Parenting Plan or Consent Orders.  Otherwise they can be determined by the Court as Final Orders

Critical to every parenting agreement, whether it is being negotiated outside of court or determined by a Judge, is getting the right legal advice.

We provide you with quality legal advice tailored to your situation at an affordable cost.

Wherever possible we will assist you to negotiate parenting arrangements that can be recorded and implemented resulting in significant savings in legal costs and time for you.  If you do need to go to court to resolve your parenting arrangements, we will assist you to reach an agreement at the earliest point possible during the court process to save you as much in legal costs and time as possible.

Contact us to assist you with your parenting arrangements. 

Parenting Plan

A parenting plan is a written agreement which sets out the parental arrangements for children. A parenting plan relies on the good will of the parents.  It is not a court order and is not enforceable by the Court. It is important to seek legal advice if you are considering entering into a parenting plan.

Contact us to assist you to make a Parenting Plan.

Consent Orders

Parenting arrangements can be made legally binding by filing Consent Orders in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. Consent Orders contain an agreement as to parenting arrangements between parents.  Consent Orders are enforceable by the Court and penalties may apply if any of the terms are breached. It is important to seek legal advice if you are considering entering into Consent Orders.

Contact us to assist you to file an Application for Consent Orders. 

Parenting Plans
Consent Orders
Application for parenting orders

Final Orders

Application for Parenting Orders

Final Orders are made by a Judge in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia in situations where parents are not able to reach an agreement in relation to parenting.  A Judge will only hear an Application for Parenting Orders if compulsory pre-filing Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) – Court procedures and requirements have been complied with.

Both parents are required to engage in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) (mediation) conducted by a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) to resolve the matter or attempt to resolve the matter before an Application for Parenting Orders can be filed in the Court.

Responding to an Application for Parenting Orders

Responding to an Application for Parenting Orders

If you have been served with an Application for Parenting Orders the Applicant has been able to file the Application in the Federal Circuit and Family Court due to the Applicant having complied with compulsory pre-filing Family Dispute Resolution – Court procedures and requirements as either:

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