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CHATSWOOD CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER

Experienced Child Custody Lawyer Assisting Clients in New South Wales

Are you currently going through a divorce and need help to defend the parenting issues in relation to your children? Under Australian law, child custody is now known as live with or spend time with. As such, the language of the law is designed to move away from a contentious child custody system. Rather than awarding custody to one (or both) parents, the law now seeks to allocate time with the child based on what is in the best interests of the child. However, this does not mean that one or both parents cannot feel the need to defend the right to spend time with and to raise a child from the marriage.

Whether you need assistance defending issues of parenting in your divorce case or need an experienced child custody lawyer to help with your defence to a parenting matter, an advocate at Chatswood Family Lawyers can help.

PRESENTING YOUR BEST CASE FOR SHARED PARENTING TIME AND PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

If you are expecting a difficult parenting case in which you cannot come to an agreement with the other parent over a parenting plan, then the court will order that each or one parent receive time under the law.

Given that the court’s primary emphasis in allocating parental responsibilities will be the best interests of the child, it is important to be able to show that you are able to provide caretaking functions and to make significant decisions about the child’s upbringing.

Some of the factors the court can take into consideration can include, for instance:

  • Mental and physical health of all parties involved, including both parents;
  • Level of parent’s participation in making previous significant decisions about the child’s upbringing;
  • Willingness of each parent to facilitate a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child; and
  • Physical violence or abuse.

You may need help from a dedicated child custody lawyer from Chatswood Family Lawyers to prove that sharing parental responsibilities—or allotting primary decision-making responsibilities and caretaking functions to you—is in the best interests of the child. When the other parent makes allegations that suggest otherwise, you may need assistance defending your rights as a parent.

DEFENDING AGAINST A VARIATION OF A PARENTING ORDER

You also may need assistance defending against a proposed variation to a parenting order. Perhaps the other parent is seeking to move out of Sydney, or even out of the State of New South Wales, with your child. Even if the other parent is simply seeking to change the way in which significant decision-making responsibilities are shared, you should know that you have rights as a parent and that you can defend against the proposed variation.

When the other parent is seeking a variation to a parenting order, a dedicated child custody lawyer in New South Wales can help to show that the variation will not be in the best interests of the child.

CONTACT A parenting LAWYER FROM CHATSWOOD FAMILY LAWYERS

If you need assistance defending parenting, an experienced family lawyer from Chatswood Family Lawyers can help with your case. Contact Chatswood Family Lawyers to learn more about our services online, by email at enquiries@chatswoodfamilylawyers.com.au or by phone on (02) 9412 4500.