When a relationship breaks down, issues relating to parenting arrangements for children can often become tense, resulting in the need for child custody agreements.
There is a range of options for you to navigate these issues, which might look different for many people depending on their circumstances. The law calls it parenting arrangements but some know it by the old language, child custody.
For those who agree without the involvement of the court, a Parenting Plan can suit many parents when going their separate ways. A parenting plan sets out parenting arrangements for children, but is not legally-enforcable in the same way as a Parenting Order, which is made by the Court.
In the event that it isn’t possible to reach an agreement, it is important to gain specialist advice about what avenues you can take to achieve the best possible outcome for your children and their wellbeing. In some circumstances, this can mean full custody being granted to one parent if this is in the child’s best interests.
The Family Law Act (Cth) 1975 governs parenting arrangements in Australia, including issues on:
- How decisions about children are made between parents
- Living arrangements for children
- Other parenting arrangements, such as who the child will communicate with
- Grandparents rights
- Whether children can travel overseas
- Name changes
This can be a particularly stressful and daunting task, particularly surrounding the other circumstances of a separation. Daykin Family Law is highly skilled in helping parents navigate children’s and parenting matters, including child custody, and places a high importance on assisting clients to reduce conflict and maintain respect in the co-parenting relationship after separation as much as possible.
We have close relationships with psychologists and social workers who also act as experts in the Family Law Courts. Our experts can advise you on how best to utilise the skills of these important professionals to help you and your family stay out of the Court system wherever possible.
For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation with Daykin Family Law by phone or at our Fortitude Valley, Brisbane office contact us today.