Children and Separation
Ending a marriage and separating can be very stressful. It can also be stressful for the children. When you separate, you are required to make parenting arrangements with your former partner. This may be able to be done informally or it may require going to court or participating in mediation.
The first step for making a parenting arrangement is to discuss the situation with your former spouse. If there is antagonism between you it may be prudent to consider communicating in writing so that there is a record of what has been said.
If you are not able to come to an agreement with the other parent, you may want to attend Family Dispute Resolution (FDR). FDR is conducted by many providers, including Relationships Australia and LifeWorks. These providers are government-funded organisations and therefore cost-effective. However, if you require an urgent mediation, then you may have to retain the services of a private mediator.
In some circumstances, mediation may not be appropriate, for example where there has been violence in the relationship. If mediation is not appropriate in your situation then you may seek legal assistance from a family lawyer. Your lawyer may be able to give you options as to how best to proceed.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
Taking the next step and contacting a family lawyer can be scary. Our lawyers will make you feel comfortable so you can talk about your situation. But first, ask yourself, Do I really need a lawyer?