If you are going through a separation, and you have children, you will need to make decisions about your children’s living arrangements, commonly known as “child custody”. You and the other parent will need to decide whom the children will live with and how often they will spend time with the other parent.
When it comes to parenting arrangements, there is no right or wrong parenting arrangement, the only criteria is that the parenting arrangement is in the best interests of the children.
Parents have the responsibility of making decisions about the long-term needs of their children. This is no different when parents separate. The law expects and presumes that parents will have equal shared parental responsibility and will jointly make long-term decisions for their children.
To assist parents who have separated, we encourage our clients to participate in lawyer-assisted mediation or collaborative family law. Both processes are child-focused and empower parents to make arrangements that are in the best interests of their children.
Children are entitled to have meaningful and long -term relationships with members of their extended families such as their grandparents and other relatives. We believe that separation should not mean the end of these important relationships for children and we can assist grandparents and other people who are interested in the care of the children to maintain a relationship with the children.
Unfortunately, sometimes parents are unable to agree on the best parenting arrangements or child custody and as a last resort the Court will assist parents to sort out these matters and make enforceable parenting orders. In these situations, if you need to go to Court, we can represent you and go to Court on your behalf and with you.
If you require more information about our children and custody services, contact us today.
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