Child custody – parenting arrangements for children

“Separation and divorce ends the marriage and union of two people, but not the family. Divorce restructures families” *

Most parents don’t want their children to suffer during or after separation or divorce, and most children want to protect their parents from thinking something is wrong.  It can be difficult when a child spends time with you, and changeover times can be painful.  However, there are things you can do to help make your arrangements work in a positive way for all concerned.

Call Caroline Chung to connect you to Family Court counselling and mediation facilities that help parents agree on how their children will be looked after when the parents are living in two homes. This is an opportunity for you to discuss how you parent and grow your relationship with your child/children after separation.

Court Orders
If you can’t agree with the other parent about parenting arrangements for your child or children, Caroline is able to guide you through completing your application for parenting orders, substantially reducing your legal court costs. In the event that your case requires a Court Hearing, Caroline will represent you, understanding what your needs are, those of your children and those that the Court will take into consideration.

Parenting Plan/Consent Orders instead of a Court Order
If both parents agree on a parenting plan, there is no need to get a Court Order.

You can make your agreement legally binding by registering your parenting plan or by asking the Court to make Orders with which you both agree (called Consent Orders).  Although you can apply yourself, arrangements can sometimes be complex and Caroline can advise you about situations that may not have yet arisen, that you may not have considered, based on her years of family law experience.

The 3 important things to remember about separation and divorce are:

  1. Separation and divorce ends the marriage and union of two people but not the family.
  2. In any separation or divorce where children are involved, one of the most important struggles parents face is separating their couple issues from their parenting responsibilities and the needs of their children.
  3. Even though the couple relationship dissolves, the one aspect that cannot be dissolved is the parenting relationship you have with one another and your child.

* Reference: Unifam Counselling & Mediation Service – Keeping Contact Program 2011

Please contact us if you have any legal questions about child custody.