How does the Court make decisions about children?

Generally speaking it is much better for the parents to make decisions regarding children’s issues rather than the Courts. Recent legislative changes recognise this fact and have made it compulsory for separating parents to attend Family Dispute Resolution services in an effort to reach agreement regarding the children before referring matters to the Court.

As parents, you know your children better than anyone. As your legal representatives, we will ensure that your rights and the rights of your children are protected and we will work with you to resolve any children’s issues in the best interests of your family.

Family breakdown is a very difficult time for children and we can refer you and your children to a number of support services that may make the process a little easier.

In extreme cases, when agreements cannot be reached between the parties concerned, the Court will review the matter and attempt to resolve the issues in the best interests of the children. An independent children’s lawyer may also be appointed to represent the child/children in Court.