Top 5 questions - Children and Parenting
I have noticed the same questions repeated by Family Law clients when sharing what they are most concerned about in parenting matters. In order to de-mystify the process and also I hope to provide some comfort I answer these below:
1. “He/She said they would take the children and I would never see them again”
Children have the right to have a relationship with both parents. Make sure you enforce those rights. Seek a Consent Order to specify the time you will spend with the children. If you’re worried your former partner is a flight risk, you can pursue an Airport Watch List Order or hold your children’s passports.
2. “He/She said their lawyer will make me look like a bad mother / father”
Family law matters are still based on evidence. Allegations are required to be proven. Further, family law matters are not able to be published pursuant to section 121 of the Family Law Act 1975.
3. “He/She said I would get child support and that’s it”
Child Support pursuant to a Child Support Agency assessment is separate to spousal / de-facto maintenance and also separate to a division of property assets. Get advice on all three.
4. “Can I move home to a different state or country with my child”
Relocations are possible for both you and your child. You’ll need a lawyer to help you navigate the pathway and it’s important to have information about why and where you wish to go.
5. “I haven’t seen my children in X number of days...”
Do something right now as the longer you leave it the worse it can get. Whatever the reason your former partner has, this isn’t fair on the children and should only take place in certain specific circumstances.
If you have questions beyond these top five feel free to contact TML Family Lawyers, family lawyers in Melbourne for a free 15 minute telephone consultation.