Separating from a partner, especially when there are children involved, can be emotionally overwhelming. Questions about living arrangements, time spent with each parent, responsibilities, and navigating relationships with extended family often arise amidst the uncertainty.
Reaching an Agreement:
Our goal is to help you and your former partner reach an agreement on your children’s care. Collaborative solutions are generally preferred:
- Dispute Resolution: This process gives you a chance to actively shape a solution with your ex-partner. It often involves counseling or mediation facilitated by a neutral professional. This approach is typically faster, cheaper, and less stressful than going to court.
- Parenting Plan: If you reach an agreement, you can formalise it into a Parenting Plan, outlining child custody, visitation schedules, responsibilities, and dispute resolution strategies.
If agreement isn’t possible, court-ordered parenting arrangements may be necessary. This can be stressful and time-consuming, but sometimes unavoidable.
Australian family law prioritises the “best interests of the child,” guided by the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). This means decisions focus on what’s best for your children, not what’s easiest for you or your former partner.
Both parents remain legally responsible for their children until they turn 18, regardless of future relationships. The court assesses your ability to make decisions affecting your child’s daily care and well-being.
At Conditsis Lawyers, our understanding family law specialists empathise with the emotional and financial challenges you face. We are here to guide you through options, advocate for your children’s needs, and navigate the legal process with compassion and expertise.
Your first consultation with us is free. For the best family law advice, call our Newcastle office on 02 4058 5844 or email us to arrange a private and confidential consultation with one of our family lawyers today.