The best interests of children in the event of a separation

November 15, 2016

Often when parents decide to separate there are a number of decisions that need to be made in the best interests of the children.  Will the children live with one or both parents? Will they stay in the family home? What arrangements will be made for them financially?

It is not always possible for parents to reach an amicable agreement regarding the custody and financial arrangements of their children during separation. For some, they find they are unable to find middle ground on parenting arrangements so seek the assistance of family law lawyers.

Before court proceedings are initiated though, the law dictates that the parents undertake appropriate mediation with an accredited mediator. If an agreement is reached on the care and custody of the children, the parents can have the agreement made legally binding through Court Consent Orders.

If an agreement cannot be reached, the accredited mediator will issue a certificate stating that dispute resolution has not resolved the issues and court proceedings can commence.

As with all legal proceedings, particularly with children, you need to be fully aware of your legal rights and obligations. Parents need to carefully consider that court proceedings can place immeasurable stress and anxiety on those involved.  The best outcome is to come to a mutually agreeable arrangement regarding the children’s custody and financial matters.

Gold Coast lawyers, Cobb Law, have been providing legal advice and representation in family law matters for a number of years. Our team is highly experienced in relationship and family law and our clients rely on our expertise to provide consistent, easy to comprehend advice throughout their separation or divorce.

Cobb Law Principal Peter Cobb, is a nationally accredited mediator who has the experience and knowledge required to mediate any property settlement disputes.

The Cobb Law office is based at Labrador on the Gold Coast and we provide assistance for clients from Northern NSW, right through to Brisbane.

If you require advice on a family law matter or are in need of legal services, please do not hesitate to call Cobb Law today to make your appointment.

Cobb Law offers an initial free twenty-minute consultation and fixed-fee representation so you will know exactly from your first consultation until your last, exactly how much your legal fees will be.

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