Parenting ArrangementsNegotiating your children's care after your separation
Establishing a safe, stable and happy environment in which children can thrive is the objective of almost every parent. However, when a relationship breaks down, it can be difficult to put your hurt and anger aside to objectively negotiate the best future for your own children.
Clancy & Triado is highly experienced in helping clients to negotiate and formalise parenting arrangements that support the best interests of their children following a separation or divorce.
Our accredited family lawyers are ready to sit with you, to talk through your situation and to advise you objectively on your rights and obligations in line with the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).
Negotiating a Parenting Agreement
Ideally, you will be able to negotiate and agree on a parenting arrangement with your former partner without the need for litigation. To help you do this, we can recommend numerous organisations that will conduct mediation directly between you and the other parent. Alternatively, we can represent you at a round table conference with the other parent and their lawyer.
If an agreement can’t be reached, we can advise you about the next steps, which might include consulting a psychologist for post-separation parenting advice, or a child psychologist who will meet with your family and complete a report that recommends arrangements in the children’s best interests.
Obtaining Parenting Orders
In the event that all forms of mediation and negotiation have been exhausted, we are able to start Family Law proceedings to obtain parenting Orders on your behalf. These Orders will determine where the children will live and how much time they are to spend with the other parent.
These Orders can also determine issues including:
- who is to have parental responsibility
- which schools the children are to attend
- how travel is to be shared between parents
- arrangements for school holidays and special occasions
- sharing of education and medical information between parents
Additionally, orders may prevent either party from denigrating the other, injunctions to ensure the children’s safety, and any other specific parenting issues affecting the family.