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Parenting Arrangements

Helping you through the complex and emotional issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship where children are involved.

We are experienced in and can help you in making arrangements appropriate to you and your children’s needs.

Following separation, parents need to consider arrangements for the care of their children.

Parenting arrangements include who makes decisions regarding long-term important issues such as, schooling, religion, medical decisions, overseas travel etc., as well as who the child lives and spends time with and for what periods of time.

Non-legally binding agreements, known as Parenting Plans, are satisfactory for many parents. However, if there is a dispute about the post-separation parenting arrangements, parents may need to attend a family dispute resolution service for mediation, where a Parenting Plan can be agreed upon.

If parties cannot resolve their dispute through mediation, or family violence makes family dispute resolution unsuitable, an application to the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court for Parenting Orders may be necessary. Unlike Parenting Plans, court orders are enforceable and binding. Parties also have the option of entering into a court order by consent, without the need for attendance at Court.

When making parenting orders, the paramount consideration of the Court is to make arrangements that are in the best interests of the children.

How can we help you?

Expertise in handling family cases to make them equitable and less emotionally stressful to all parties involved:

  • Advice regarding agreements known as Parenting Plans
  • Family dispute resolution through mediation
  • Negotiating and preparing agreements
  • Negotiating and preparing consent orders
  • The process involved in applications to the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court of Australia if agreement cannot be reached between parties.

Our Parenting Arrangements Lawyers

Rosy Roberts


Rosy Roberts

Rosy has extensive experience in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution having represented clients in all Victorian State Courts, the Family Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia. She is also a VCAT appointed...

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate
Margaret is a Senior Associate at the firm and practices predominantly in the area of family law.

Shabitha Sumanathasa

Shabitha works in various other areas including litigation, family law and property law.
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