Child Custody and Parenting Arrangements

August 12, 2014 – at 3:40 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

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Child Custody Perth – Australian Family Law

The term “custody” is commonly used when considering what parenting arrangements, you make for your children. In Australian family law, the term “custody” is not used. Instead, Australian family law focuses on the “best interests of the child”.

When it comes to child custody parents need to understand that the “best interests” have a meaning in family law. The best interests of the child are the key factor when thinking about parenting arrangements. Australian family law considers the best interests of children as:

  1. Children have protection from physical violence, harm, abuse, neglect or violence;
  2. Children have the benefit of having a meaningful relationship with both parents;
  3. Parents fulfil their duties and meet their parental responsibilities.
  4. Children receive adequate and proper parenting;

Child Custody Perth – Parenting Orders

The Family Court presumes that it is in the child’s best interest for their parents to have shared responsibility. However, if there are reasonable grounds to say otherwise the Court may act as such. This can include but is not limited to evidence of violence or abuse. This extends to other children who are members of a parent’s family. Parenting orders consider a range of factors about the child’s life. This is to ensure that they are in the child’s best interest.

Child Custody Perth – Bodekers Family Lawyers

At Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators we pride ourselves on providing quality legal advice and representation. We are able help in ensuring parenting arrangements are in your child’s best interests.

We understand what it is like to raise children and the challenges surrounding post-separation parenting.

Contact Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators by phone (08) 9323 7711 or email for your free pre-read and first appointment at a reduced flat rate.