What Are Considered The Best Interests of the Child?

08 Nov
2021

What Are Considered The Best Interests of the Child?

In parenting matters, the Court’s main focus is making orders that align with the children’s best interests as this remains the paramount consideration. But how does the Court determine what is in the best interests of the child? There is no hard and fast rule for this. Each case is…

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01 Nov
2021

Mediating Parenting Matters & S60I Certificates

Did you know that you need to have a mediation certificate before you can commence Court proceedings seeking parenting orders? The mediation certificate is also known as a Section 60I Certificate and is issued by registered family dispute resolution providers in the following circumstances: To confirm both parties attended mediation…

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22 Oct
2021

Adoption and Being a Stepparent in Queensland

The adoption process in Queensland is managed by the government organisation Adoption Services Queensland.  A child’s Stepparent (being either married or in a de facto relationship with the parent of the child) can make an application to adopt the child if they can satisfy the below criteria: The Stepparent is…

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27 Sep
2021

Is it OK for me to withhold my children from my Ex?

The most important thing to remember as any parent, and just as much so in separated families, is that you must be proactive and protective should your children face a serious or significant threat. You must protect them from any real potential harm regardless of whether there is a parenting…

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02 Jul
2021

Parenting During Lock Down

Parenting During Lock Down As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life in Australia, the added stress and uncertainty on the potential impacts on parenting arrangements for separated parents is ongoing during these unprecedented times. The short answer is that if you have Court Orders they are still legally…

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24 May
2021

Parenting Plan About Future Care Arrangements for your Children

Parenting Plan About Future Care Arrangements for your Children Are you and your former partner discussing the future care arrangements for your child or children?  If so, perhaps consider entering into a Parenting Plan.  It is a private agreement between two parents which can detail the agreed arrangements in relation…

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11 Sep
2020

Family law rules disclosure – You Must Know Full And Frank Disclosure

Family law rules disclosure - You must need to know You must know the Family law rules disclosure In Family Law property or parenting proceedings, the parties have a responsibility to provide full and frank disclosure.  The duty of disclosure family law is a requirement for all parties involved in…

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27 Apr
2020

Enacting Recovery Orders To Bring Back Your Kids by Parenting plan or Agreement.

What is a Parenting Plan? A parenting plan is a plan which puts the best interests of the child first. It is your and your partner's commitment to your children and their future. A parenting plan is a written agreement between parents under practical issues of parental responsibility. What Happens…

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