When a relationship breaks down, often the arrangements regarding the care and welfare of the children are the top priority for both parties. We understand that this can be a difficult and emotional process, but we are committed to ensuring that the arrangements between parties are not only agreeable to the parties but are shaped to support and encourage the children as best as possible to adapt to their changed family life, in a manner that protects their wellbeing and maintains a healthy relationship with both their parents.
The Family Law Act states that the law applies a presumption that it is in the best interests of the child/ children for parents to have equal shared parental responsibility. This does not necessarily equate to equal time though. Absent family violence or other requested arrangements, this is often the most suitable result.
Coming to an arrangement can be done informally and verbally between the parties, however the risks associated with informal parenting plans is that whilst the parties may be amicable at the start of separation, circumstances may change which can lead to disputes. With no binding legal document outlining an agreement, there is significant potential for the once working relationship to deteriorate.
Galluzzo Lawyers can represent you in creating a legally binding Parenting Order filed with the Family Court of Australia. Galluzzo Lawyers have years of experience litigating such matters.
Court Orders, once made, are legally binding until the children are 18 years old. These orders create peace of mind for both parties, ensuring legal consequences should either party violate the agreement. These orders cannot be changed unless both parties agree.
Galluzzo Lawyers can also advise and assist in drafting and advising in respect of Child Support Agreements.