Child’s Best Interests and Medical Treatment – Perth Divorce Lawyer

April 15, 2016 – at 12:42 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Parents may be considered to be in the best position to decide what is in their child’s best interests as they are the most likely to know the effect something will have on them.

In some circumstances the court may have the power to intervene and rule against the parents’ wishes.

In Director Clinical Services, Child & Adolescent Health Services and Kiszko & Anor [2016] FCWA 19, the child had cancer and doctors recommended chemotherapy treatment.

The parents thought it would be in the child’s best interests to treat him using alternative therapies focusing on nutrition.

The Court and an Ethics Committee considered that following the parents’ wishes would not be in the child’s best interests and ordered chemotherapy.

Children’s matters can be complex. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice from one of our very experienced Perth family lawyers. We invite you to discuss your particular matter with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who has been working in family law for over 20 years.

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email, fax or similar, outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be read on a complimentary basis prior to your first family law appointment. We get to know you and your family law matter before we meet.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek advice specific to your circumstances. We are very experienced Perth family law solicitors and can provide you with the very best legal advice regarding children’s matters.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director, Shannon Bodeker at, for your complimentary pre-read and first appointment at a reduced rate.