Custody and Access ("lives with" and "spends time with" arrangements)
It is necessary for arrangements to be made in relation to the children of a relationship following separation, including:
- who the child lives with;
- who the child spends time with, and for how long;
- travel arrangements, including interstate and overseas travel;
- the child's educational arrangements;
- special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and birthdays; and
- specific issues such as medical treatment.
Parties can often reach agreement in relation to children's arrangements following advice from a solicitor, mediation, counselling or Family Dispute Resolution. In the event that no agreement is reached, a party may commence proceedings in the Family Court seeking appropriate orders.
DS Family Law will assist with negotiation in relation to children's arrangements, both with respect to who a child will live with and time spent with the other parent; and specific issues such as parental responsibility, education and medical matters. In the event that no agreement is reached, DS Family Law will represent parties in court seeking an appropriate, timely and cost-effective outcome.