Perth Child Custody – Rights of Fathers

May 30, 2017 – at 12:06 pm – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Separation and child custody can be a daunting thought for fathers. It is in your best interest to know what factors go into custody decisions.

Perth Child Custody – Rights of Fathers – Parental Responsibility

Parents have a responsibility to their child until they reach the age of 18. This responsibility may not be affected by changes in either parents’ relationship.

Parental responsibility means all the duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which parents have in relation their children. Details of this responsibility are outlined in the Family Law Act, 1975.

Generally, the court makes orders about parental responsibilities only if the parents cannot reach an agreement. These orders are known as parenting orders. Courts may also approve orders to reflect an agreement that you have reached during the court process.

Perth Child Custody – Rights of Fathers – Fathers Custody

A lot of people may assume the mother will get more access to the children if the case goes to Court. This is not true but there are reasons why people believe it to be.

It has been shown that young children generally need the stability of living consistently with one parent. However, it is good for children to have frequent time during the day with their other parent to maintain their relationship.

Mothers have a physical bond with their child at birth. Therefore, the child usually stays with their mother at an early age. However, as your child gets older a shared custody arrangement may be possible.

At first glance, it may seem unfair that one parent gets more time with younger children than the other, However, the law prioritises children’s best interests over parents’ best interests.

Perth Child Custody – Rights of Fathers – Perth Family Law

Family law matters can be very complex. It is important to note that this is not legal advice. Speaking to our experienced Child Relocation Perth lawyers can help you in interpreting the law. You are invited to discuss your matter with our Legal Practitioner Director Shannon Bodeker.

Prior to you first appointment, you may send us an email outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be pre-read at no charge prior to your first appointment with our Child Custody Perth lawyers.