Parenting Plans/Orders and Consent Orders
When a relationship breaks down and there are children involved, it is vital that the needs of the children are considered first and foremost.
Parents who are separating will be anxious about the affect of the separation on their child/children and how it will impact on their emotional well-being as well as the more practical aspects of their daily routine. With the help of experienced family lawyers, the majority of couples are able to resolve any disputes and reach an agreement on the best arrangements for their children after separation. These agreements can then be turned into Court Orders that stipulate where the children will live, how much time they will spend with each parent, and how any future decisions will be made regarding education, health care and so on.
At CDQ, our experienced family law solicitors can provide practical advice and guidance throughout the negotiation process with your former partner. We can help you to resolve any issues that might arise and determine the best possible parenting arrangement for your children - taking into account their rights and best interests. If necessary, we can direct you to professional counsellors and/or psychologists who can help to minimise any emotional trauma to the child and resolve conflict if required. When an agreement has been reached we can also prepare a formal Parenting Order for ratification by the Court that outlines all of the points agreed to and help to ensure compliance with the agreement moving forward.
In the event that an agreement cannot be reached between the parties involved, or if there are extenuating circumstances, court proceedings may be required to resolve parenting and custody issues. If this is the case, our family lawyers are also highly experienced litigators who can guide you through the court process and will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your children.
For more information on parenting agreements and the preparation of formal Parenting Plans, contact our family law team today on 02 8566 2400.