Parenting orders and child arrangements

A parenting order is a court order about children that sets out particular responsibilities of parents and other carers.

A parenting order may cover:

  • whether the parents will have shared or sole parental responsibility
  • where and with which parent the children live
  • who the children spend time and communicate with
  • any other issues relevant to the children’s care such as schooling, travel, religion or medical treatment.

If there are two or more people sharing parental responsibility for long term decisions, a parenting order can include the form of communication each person will use with each other. Parenting orders can also include the appropriate dispute resolution process to be used if there are any future disagreements.

Parenting orders can be made through the court by consent orders – where you both agree – or made by the court after a trial or hearing – where you both argue your case. If your situation is urgent, interim parenting orders can be made by urgent application.

Jones Mitchell Lawyers have a thorough knowledge of the Family Law Act and extensive experience in working with clients with the most complex and extreme parenting issues. We also have extensive experience in working with the courts to ensure your case is heard.

For more information about parenting orders, visit our FAQs or contact us to speak with one of our experienced Jones Mitchell family lawyers.