Arrangements for Children
Separation unfortunately means that life for the whole family changes – including your children. Arrangements for children include how much time the children will spend with each parent and who will be responsible for long term decision making.
Many couples are able to reach an amicable arrangement regarding children’s arrangements. It is advisable for these arrangements to be set out in either a parenting plan which is an agreement signed by each parent or a consent order filed with the Family Court. We can assist with either of these options.
Care arrangements (formally known as “child custody”) can be a very emotive issue for separating parents. Through our experience and expertise in this field we are able to advise client’s how they should negotiate this difficult time. We find that early advise in these circumstances can be valuable to a client in the long run.
In cases where parties are unable to reach agreement (and where there is no domestic violence in which case there is an exemption) under the current law parents need to attend a mediation prior to issuing court proceedings. Mediation is offered by a number of government agencies including The Family Relationships Centre. By offering early advice we can assist a client entering the mediation process with a better idea as to where they stand legally.
On occasions where it is not possible to reach an agreement we are able to assist in drafting court proceedings and court representation. As experienced family law advocates we regularly appear in the Cairns Federal Magistrates Court and Family Court of Australia and are able to take your case up to and including trial.
Contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation.