Disputes in relation to the care of a child can be very emotionally trying and difficult to resolve. It should be remembered that every parenting matter is treated individually based on the facts of the case, but most of all – the best interests of your children is the paramount consideration.
The law recognises that both the mother and father should (usually) have a continuing relationship and involvement in their children’s lives. The law also recognises that disputes in relation to the children are best settled by negotiation by the parties outside the Court room. For this reason prior to any Courtroom action, the parties must attend to mediation with a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (such as Relationships Australia) which provides an inexpensive avenue for parents to negotiate arrangements that provide the best care arrangements for their children.
We recommend that parents seek legal advice before attending a mediation session and also following the mediation so that any agreement reached can be properly documented, in a legally enforceable way, and the parties can then move on with their lives.
If your mediation is unsuccessful we can assist you by communicating to your former partner (or their legal representative) to negotiate a solution in the best interests of your children. However sometimes that is easier said than done and an Application to the Court may be necessary (although rare).
We Can Assist You With:
- Parenting Plans
- Application for Consent Orders for Parenting Matters
- Applications to the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court for Parenting Matters/Location and Recovery Orders
- Child Support Issues