Practice Areas

Family Law De Facto Law


Parenting orders are court orders are imposed by judicial officers of the court and reflect decisions or judgements made by them. There is now a resumption of equal shared parental responsibility unless there are issues which point to family violence or child abuse or where it would not be in the best interests of the child. Before the courts make a parenting order they always consider what is in the best interests of the child which involves the benefit to the child of having a meaningful relationship with both parents and the need to protect the child from harm or abuse, neglect or family violence.

Where parents cannot agree then the best option is to apply for court orders. Sometimes this is the only way to deal with the dispute as it introduces certainty in these circumstances.

The Process involves the completion of an initiating application, preparation of some evidence (sometimes in the form of an Affidavit) and filing this with the Court. The Family Court deals with more complex matters and the Federal Magistrates Court with less complex matters. As at 1 July 2009 the Federal Magistrates Court and Family court Filing fee was $155.

The estimate of our fees (inclusive of the filing fee and GST) is $2,750.

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