Look after your
most valuable assets
– your children
You want what’s best for your kids. And so do we
All too often, family lawyers focus on the division of assets, often overlooking the most important asset of all: your children.
Nothing’s more heartbreaking than children caught in the middle of an acrimonious custody battle, divorce or separation.
The right agreement can ensure that whatever caused the breakdown of your relationship doesn’t spill over and harm your children.
Just like you, we want what’s best for your children, and will advocate for a solution that protects their wellbeing.
There are two main considerations when making decisions regarding parenting arrangements and child custody: the importance of retaining a meaningful relationship with both parents; and the need to look after the child’s welfare and development.
Coming to an agreement is tough. As parents ourselves, we understand your instinct to be part of your child’s life, as well as your desire to do right by your kids, and how tough it can be to strike the right balance.
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Parental child abduction
Abducting a child is a serious crime – unfortunately, it’s also one that many parents resort to when they are unhappy with a parenting arrangement.
Many parents will refuse to grant visitation, relocate the child or take them overseas without your knowledge in defiance of your parental rights. This is often in an effort to hurt you, or cut you out of your child’s life altogether.
If you’re worried that your former partner is planning to, or has abducted your child, report the matter to police immediately.
It’s also important that you seek legal advice. The process of tracking down your child often begins with a Court Order such as a Recovery Order – something a child custody lawyer can assist with.
Family violence is never acceptable – especially when it’s directed at a child.
If you’re concerned that your child is suffering from abuse while they’re in your former spouse’s custody, an intervention order may be required to protect your child’s welfare and extricate them from the situation.
Unfortunately, it’s not unknown for vindictive former partners to falsify allegations of child abuse in an attempt to overrule your parenting arrangement and gain sole custody over your children.
If you have been served an illegitimate Intervention Order, you should consider seeking legal representation.
Our child custody lawyers will contest a spurious or malicious Intervention Order application on your behalf, representing you in Court and ensuring that your parental rights are maintained.