Custody advice for the best possible outcome
Any parent going through a separation or divorce will naturally have the best interests of their children in mind, and worry about how they will be affected.
It's important to consider all your legal and non-legal issues to minimise any negative impact on the children involved. Things to consider include where the children will live, when and how often each parent will be responsible for the children, and how the children will be supported financially.
For the parents
When your relationship ends, many couples feel anger and resentment towards one another. It can be tempting to withhold access to your children from your ex-spouse as punishment. This can cause a lot of emotional turmoil, and in the long run can work against you if the matter goes to court.
For the children
Unless there is a history of domestic violence or abuse, withholding access to one parent from the children can be damaging for them. It can also be detrimental to your custody arrangements in the eyes of the law should the case be taken to court.
If both parents agree on all custody matters, going to court can be avoided with a Parenting Agreement. It may also be appropriate for you to enter into a Consent Order, which can cover both parenting and financial matters.
If there are disputes about Child Support and Child Custody, then speaking to an experienced family lawyer about all your rights and obligations can result in a more positive outcome for all parties involved.