Separation is difficult on parents, but it’s also important to be mindful of its impact on children. The way you conduct yourself before, during and after separation in relation to your child’s time with your spouse can make or break your ability to reach an amicable and timely agreement about child custody, or as the lawyers call it, “live with and spend time arrangements”.

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Older children in particular often vote with their feet, giving greater weight to their wishes and therefore you must be reasonable and practical when contemplating new living and time arrangements. However, in contested situations it is important to consult a family lawyer regarding the process of negotiating custody or parenting arrangements so that you understand the court’s perspective on your situation. Prior to making an application to the court for parenting orders, it is a requirement that the parties attempt mediation but if you have concerns for your safety or the safety and wellbeing your children, you should seek legal advice without delay.

At Owen Hodge, our divorce lawyers understand that your children are the most important people in your life and we aim to achieve an outcome that is reasonable, practical and in the best interests of your children. We approach every parenting matter with sensitivity and understanding so don’t hesitate to ask for help, call a family lawyer who cares and is experienced in family law.

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