Our Perth Child Custody Lawyer Give the Support on your Children and Parenting Needs During a Divorce
It’s never easy to watch your family split during a divorce. Even when you’re confident that the decision is right, going through a break up is still a challenge.
When things between you and your former spouse turn nasty, sorting out matters becomes even more difficult. If there are children they are often stuck in the middle trying to figure out what’s happening and why their parents are not together. It’s not an easy time for anyone, but with a little bit of help from an experienced child custody lawyer, parenting your children through the separation process becomes easier.
What to Do for Your Kids During a Separation and Divorce
When it comes to your children’s future the reason for your divorce does not matter. The only thing you’re concerned with is keeping your children as safe and happy as possible throughout the process and after the separation or divorce is finalised.
As you work with your child custody lawyer on your Children and Parenting needs, you will discuss the possible living arrangements for your children following your separation. When discussing the children you will learn not to talk about custody but to talk about:
- where the children will live;
- who they will live with;
- who they will spend time with; and
- how they will spend time with each parent.
Knowing which option is right for your family is not always easy. Your child custody lawyer will work with you to evaluate the options and determine the best solution for your particular child’s future and discuss that with their other parent.
Every family situation is different and particularly in parenting issues there is no one size fits all solution. That is why you need the help of a lawyer who works exclusively in family law.
Resolving Children and Parenting Matters Without Friction
The people that suffer the most during a divorce are the children. They feel torn between their parents, confused about what’s happening, and often guilt for the separation. It’s a difficult situation for them to be in.
If you and your ex cannot agree on how the children will spend time with each of you, then you are required to attend a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner for mediation to try to sort the issues out.
If an agreement is reached a Parenting Plan will be drafted and signed by both of you. If you want this plan to be made into a Court order you will need to contact a family lawyer to prepare the documents for you. We regularly assist people through the process of finalising their agreement.
If there is no agreement reached each of you will receive a certificate to say that you attended, or not, and then one of you can make an application to the court to settle your matter. At this point you will need the assistance of a family lawyer to advise and guide you.
You should be aware that attending with a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner is not a requirement where there is family violence or risk to you or the children. In those cases you should contact a family lawyer immediately for information and advice. We have extensive experience in parenting matters that involve family violence and risk to children. We encourage you to call us for assistance.
Your family has been through a lot. Get the support for your Children and Parenting needs that you and your children deserve while you navigate the complexities of the separation and divorce. Call 08 9214 3887 to learn more about how we can help your family move forward in the best way possible.