Children and Parenting (Child Custody, Access and Contact)

"When you have children, if you separate one of your first priorities is to work out living arrangements for your children. Those arrangements need to be in your children's best interest."


Our family lawyers can help you reach an agreement with your partner about parenting issues. If appropriate, we can refer you to counselling services to help with this process.

There is no standard custody arrangement. Often a child lives mainly with one parent and spends time with the other parent. Sometimes a child spends equal time with each parent. Different arrangements work for different families.

If you and your partner reach an agreement, we can formalise the arrangements by obtaining Family Court Orders without you needing to go to Court. Court Orders are not necessary for everyone. We can talk to you about whether they will be helpful for you. We can also advise you about parenting plans and other more informal agreements about parenting issues.

Grandparents, or others who are significant in children's lives, may want to make sure they continue to see the children even after a separation. Our family lawyers have experience acting for family members in a range of situations, including where parents are themselves unable to care for children.

If you and your partner can't reach an agreement about children's matters, or if there are urgent issues that need to be addressed, Family Court proceedings may be necessary. We can represent you in Court and guide you through what can otherwise be a confusing process. With our experience and expertise you can be sure that your case will be presented to the Court in a way that achieves your desired outcome for your children.

Our family lawyers can also advise you about obligations to provide financial support for your children.

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Thank you again for your support, the past year has been an extremely difficult and emotional journey, but thank to everyone at Blackwood the kids and I are now looking at a bright healthy happy future.

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