It is very understandable that when a relationship breaks down it is a very stressful time for all those concerned.
One of the first things that comes to mind is “what about the kids?” and who gets what.
Child custody and parenting issues can be very stressful, even without considering the legal issues.
Arrangements need to be put into place to ensure the living arrangements and financial support of the children.
Getting legal advice as soon as possible so that you can make informed decisions with regard to what the family law court deems necessary for the support, care and well being of the children.
Legal advice is helpful when coming to an agreement with the other party.
Cairns Family Lawyers are here to help you reach a positive outcome in the best interests of your children.
Cairns Family Lawyers Assist In Child Custody Issues
The family court needs to be satisfied, when making a divorce order that there are appropriate arrangements in place for the care of any children under the age of 18.
This includes children from a previous relationship.
The order can be made without formal child custody arrangements which means that you and your former spouse may choose have a non binding parenting plan if you both are able to keep to the arrangements agreed to.
If you and your former spouse cannot agree on child custody arrangements, you can participate in mediation – either privately with your lawyer, or in Family Dispute Resolution through Relationships Australia.
On reaching an agreement at this stage, the agreement can be formalised in a parenting plan or consent orders.
In addition to regular payments, child support can also involve the payment of school fees, medical expenses, extracurricular activities, or lump-sum payments.
Arrange an appointment with one of our family law team to make sure your children are getting the support they’re entitled to.
There are three different categories of child support:
- Periodic payments: regular payments of money made by one parent to another.
- Non-periodic payments: occasional payments made by one parent that are usually for a specific purpose, such as school fees
- Lump sum payments: payments of a specified amount. The lump sum may be a cash payment, or can even be a transfer of property. The lump sum value must be equal to or greater than the annual child support liability as assessed by Child Support.
Start The Process
Start the process with an obligation-free consultation with one of the Family Law experts.
Trust the Family Lawyers in Cairns to help you understand the law regarding child support, and achieve the best outcome for your family.
They can help you to:
- Liaise with the Department of Human Services (Child Support) on your behalf
- Negotiate payment arrangements
- Facilitate a private child support agreement between you and the other parent
- Tribunal or court representation