Child Custody and Parenting Arrangements
Child Custody Perth
The term “custody” is commonly used when considering what parenting arrangements should be made for your children. In Australian family law, the term “custody” is not used. Instead, Australian family law focuses on what is known as the “best interests of the child”.
When it comes to child custody Perth parents need to understand that the “best interests” of a child have a particular meaning in family law. The best interests of the child are the most important consideration when thinking about parenting arrangements. Australian family law considers the best interests of children are met when:
- Children are protected from physical violence, harm, abuse, neglect or violence;
- Children have the benefit of having a meaningful relationship with both parents;
- Children receive adequate and proper parenting;
- Parents fulfil their duties and meet their parental responsibilities.
When making a parenting order, unless there are reasonable grounds to believe a parent has engaged in family violence or abuse of the child (or another child who is a member of the parent’s family), the Family Court must apply the presumption that it is in the best interests of the child for his or her parents to have equal shared parental responsibility.
Australian family law views child custody and parenting arrangements from the perspective whereby children have rights and adults have responsibilities.
Parenting arrangements should cover issues such as parental responsibility, living arrangements, time spent and communication between with a child and any other aspect of the care, welfare or development of a child, such as religion, education, medical, travel and other issues as appropriate.
At Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators we pride ourselves on providing legal advice and representation regarding parenting arrangements that are in your child’s best interests.
We understand what it is like to raise children and the challenges surrounding post-separation parenting.