Family Law

Child Custody

We take the confusion out of child custody laws

When a marriage ends, usually a great deal of time and energy is spent on dividing the couple's finances and assets. Whilst this is important, the welfare of any children involved should be the primary concern.

The best interests of the child

Any decision made by the court will always be in the best interests of the child or children, and in most cases the court will aim for both parents to have equal parenting rights. Of course, equal parenting will not be awarded when there is a history of violence or abuse in the family.

The court will look at a number of factors, including the age of the children, the willingness of both parents to be involved in the upbringing of the children, and the practicalities around equal care.

Child custody laws

When there is a dispute between both parents and the matter of custody goes to court, the court can make certain orders that must be followed. These include who the children will live with, when the children should spend time with the other parent, and when the parents need to consult each other over matters regarding the children.

Even if you and your ex-spouse agree to custody arrangements, it is usually necessary to go to court to make the arrangements formal. Having a lawyer on your side can make the process smoother.

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To find out more about child custody laws and how they affect you, call us on (02) 8843 1343 or send a message via our contact page.