A family breakdown brings about many emotional issues, parenting arrangements are probably the most difficult to resolve.
- Where will the children live?
- When will each parent get to see the children?
- How long will each parent have with the children?
These questions form the basis of all parenting arrangements, but the key issue for the arrangements is what is in the child’s best interests?
Parenting arrangements after separation can be finalized by way of Consent Orders or a Parenting Plan.
The lawyers at Mathews Family Law & Mediation Specialists Melbourne have significant experience and expertise with regard to issues that affect children. We can help you and your family develop parenting arrangements that recognize your child’s best interests. We can help provide the stability your children needs and minimise the impact of the changes on their lives. Formalizing parenting arrangements is also beneficial where there is a high level of conflict and a limited ability for the parents to communicate amicably between themselves.
Sometimes arrangements are based on informal verbal agreements with your ex-partner, but in most cases it is best for these arrangements to be written and recognised by a Court. We consider it is best for parents to have made arrangements in advance for each parent’s time with the children, particularly for special events such as Birthdays, Easter and Christmas. An agreement can help avoid disputes in the future about parenting arrangements for the children, reduce conflict and enhance security and stability for children.
Once agreement is reached we can draft Consent Orders so that the agreement is formally recognised by the Australian legal system.
If negotiation between the parties does not resolve all outstanding issues, we can assist you through arranging and assisting your participation in mediation. If an Agreement can’t be reached, or in the case of extenuating circumstances then Court processes might be required. Our highly experienced litigators will exercise care and compassion combined with the determination and expertise required to obtain the best results.
Mathews Family Law is a Melbourne family law firm.