Given the growing number of separations and divorces in Australia, it’s easy to see that romantic love has its limits. However, the one form of love that has no limitations is parental love. Even though you may choose to end a relationship or marriage, that doesn’t mean you want your relationships with your children to change. Unfortunately, when it comes to separation, your children will always be affected. Depending on the circumstances, your time with your children can be limited by a court order. The court may even decide on a more severe parenting order, in which case your contact and parenting arrangements would be limited further.
As a result, it’s easy to see why some parents go against their parenting orders in order to spend more time with their children. However, even though your heart may be in the right place, a few extra hours could end up costing you and your children in the long run.
Possible Penalties for Breaching Your Parenting Orders
Parenting orders are designed to protect children while also preserving a meaningful relationship between the child and both parents (when applicable). However, depending on various circumstances, one parent may have a lot more time with the child and more parenting responsibility than the other. This undoubtedly can cause problems between parents, increasing the risk of an order being breached.
If you’re stuck in a situation where you want to see your child (without court ordered limitations), you need to think before you act. Before succumbing to the temptation of disobeying your parenting order, make sure you know the consequences that may follow. A few extra hours or days with your child could result in the following:
- A change in the original order to decrease your contact and parenting responsibility.
- A court order for you to attend a post-separation parenting program.
- Suspended contact times in order to make up for your ex’s lost time with the child.
- An order from the court that you pay for the legal costs and reasonable expenses lost by the other party resulting from your breach of the order.
Because when you beach an order you are not breaching an order made by your ex but an order made by the Court, breaching it is a criminal offence and in the Family Court the penalties can be:
- Community service orders.
- Pay a bond.
- Pay a fine.
You must think carefully before you act.
At Wayne Dawkins Lawyers, we understand how hard it is to be separated from your children, but we also know that breaching an order could very well cost you more time. Instead of risking your relationship with your child, contact us today and let us help you work to change your current order to allow you more time and involvement with your child. Send us a message on our website or call us today at (08) 9214 3887.