Arrangements for children

Looking after the welfare of children is the most important aspect of any relationship breakdown. 

One of the early decisions needing to be made in the lead up to a separation or following a separation is in relation to the living arrangements for the children. There is no set rule for how much time children must live or spend with each parent. Every family is different and so are their circumstances. Some children spend equal time with both parents while children in other families live with one parent but spend substantial and significant time or little or no time with the other parent.

Whether you were in a married, de facto, or same-sex relationship, the Family Court can decide on all matters concerning arrangements for the children. 

These matters include:

  • The role each parent can take in deciding on parenting issues regarding the children’s schooling, sports, extra-curricular activities, health and religion
  • Living arrangements and how children will spend time with each parent during school term, school holidays and on special occasions
  • How children can communicate with a parent when they are with the other parent
  • Children’s passports and when and where the children can go on holidays
  • Any restrictions that need to be put in place because a parent or other person poses a risk to the children

Agreeing on Arrangements for Children

We assist in reaching an agreement with the other parent, whether through negotiations, through correspondence or the Family Dispute Resolution process or mediation. If a resolution cannot be achieved through one of those means, we provide advice, assistance and representation in the Family Court.  In assisting our client with resolving the children’s matters, we are very child-focussed and we always encourage our clients to be child-focussed too. 

If you have any questions about how we can assist with arrangements for your children, call Doray Legal on (08) 9364 2588 or contact us for a consultation and enquire about our reduced fee for your first consultation.