The Legal Drafter can assist you with your parenting arrangements by drafting comprehensive Parenting Plans or Consent Orders for your family law matter in the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court. Everyone’s parenting arrangements are different, therefore your plan or orders are tailored specifically to what is in the best interests of your children. There are many things to consider, such as how much time the children will spend with each parent, communication, changeovers, education, health, religion, travel, special occasions etc.
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia recommends various resources to help separating parents work out the best future arrangements for their children. Click here for more information.
The Marriage, Families and Separation brochure provides information for people considering, or those affected by, separation or divorce.
The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) is the main law governing children’s matters. The courts that exercise jurisdiction are the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or Western Australia and the Family Court of Australia or Western Australia. When the court considers making an order (Consent Orders), the court will consider what is in the ‘best interests’ of the children. The ‘best interests’ of the children are considered under section 60CC of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).
- Before you can make an application to commence legal proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia for parenting orders, you must attend mediation and obtain a mediation certificate from a registered family dispute resolution (FDR) provider. For more information on how to find an FDR provider, please visit Family Relationships Australia.
- Equal shared parental responsibility is not the same as equal parenting time.