After a divorce or separation, it’s important to get legal advice as early as possible about your children’s living and support arrangements. Child custody arrangements can be made any time after you separate from your partner. 

Often, parents will reach an agreement between themselves about their kids and if this is the case, it is still important to make the agreement formal through the courts.

How to apply for parenting orders

When both parents agree on the terms of the parenting orders, the following documents will need to be signed and submitted to the Family Court of Australia:

  • Application for Consent Orders
  • Minutes of the Consent Order that set out the terms of the agreement
  • Annexure to Proposed Consent Parenting Orders
  • The filing fee for the court

If an agreement is not able to be reached with the other parent, and you want to start legal proceedings, we recommend you get in touch with a family lawyer. Take advantage of our obligation-free consultation to find out your options.

Our family lawyers in Cairns will guide you through your options for child support and custody, and help you reach a positive outcome for you and your children.

Results for our clients

  • An international child relocation matter where the Family Court sanctioned the child to live with our client outside Australia;
  • Resolving the majority of our clients’ property and parenting matters by negotiation without resorting to Court proceedings;
  • Assisted indigenous foster parents in the Children’s Court with proceedings dealing with their foster child;
  • A child custody matter, where we acted for the grandparents to remove the children from parents who both had drug and mental health issues;

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