Making decisions regarding parenting arrangements for your children can involve complex considerations in what is already an emotionally difficult time. The preference is always to attempt to reach an agreement out of court where possible and to avoid litigation, saving you and your family money, time and extra stress in already challenging circumstances.
If you can reach an agreement with your former partner about parenting arrangements following separation, this can be put into writing in a parenting plan, or consent orders. Although a parenting plan is not in itself a legally enforceable document, it can represent a great starting point and an understanding between you and your former partner. It may well be the only agreement you ever need, if both parents commit to following it.
A further option is to formalise your agreement as legally enforceable court orders, more commonly referred to as parenting orders. Provided there is an agreement between the parents, enforceable parenting orders can be made without either of you setting foot in a court room.
If you are unable to reach agreement on parenting arrangements, you can apply to the family law court for parenting orders. Stacks has an experienced family law team that will help and represent you through dispute resolution and through the court process. Our aim is to assist you to resolve your parenting dispute as early as possible, be it prior to the commencement of court proceedings, or as soon as possible during the court process.
The Family Law Act places great emphasis on what is best for the child, and the court’s main consideration in determining parenting arrangements is ensuring that they are in the best interests of the children. This includes making sure they are safe and protected from harm, and that they can continue to have meaningful relationships with both parents and with extended family.
Making parenting arrangements can be a complex and difficult process for separated parents. Stacks family lawyers are experienced in all matters regarding children and parenting arrangements, and can assist you with advice throughout the process and with representation should you require it.
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