Parenting Matters Joondalup. When you separate, decisions concerning the care arrangements for your children can be difficult and stressful. Our lawyers understand your children are your primary focus and you want an outcome that is in their best interests.
Our Perth, Joondalup and Mandurah family lawyers can provide you with practical advice regarding all your queries and decisions that need to be made concerning your children following separation.
We have a range of experienced practitioners including qualified Independent Children’s Lawyers and Accredited Family Law Specialists.
Parenting matters include:
- Cases involving issues of disputed living and care arrangements (formerly known as child custody and access)
- Family violence
- Domestic and international relocation
- Child abuse
- Schooling disputes
- Rights of grandparents and other family members
- Child support
- Adult child maintenance
- International child abduction – Hague Convention
- Representation of children in Family Court and Children’s Court
- Gender Identity Disorder
- Referral sources – mediation, counselling, therapists and single experts
Do I need a Court Order?
There are a number of options available to parties in relation to settling arrangements for children. Whilst it is not necessary, we recommend agreements be documented in writing via a Parenting Plan or Court Order. Our recommendation will however depend upon the circumstances of your case.
How long will it take to resolve my matter?
In the event you are unable to reach an agreement and it becomes necessary to commence proceedings, the Family Court of Western Australia estimates that matters will take approximately 2 to 2½ years to reach a final hearing.
What can I expect my costs to be?
Once we have had an opportunity to assess your matter we will provide you with an estimate of the likely range of fees. In the event your matter proceeds to Court we are obliged to provide you with cost notifications at various stages of the process.
Will my children's wishes be taken into account?
Children’s wishes may be taken into account by the Court, subject to the child’s age and maturity and in the absence of any undue influence from either parent or other family members. The weight given to children’s wishes increases with age and maturity.
When should I apply for Child Support?
There are a number of options available to parties in relation to determining and agreeing Child Support. Please discuss this with your family lawyer to consider the best option for you.