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Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
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Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448
Canberra: (02) 6288 1100

Amelia Trotman

The breakdown of your marriage or relationship is often one of the most traumatic and stressful experiences of your life. Often, people focus on the immediate financial implications and how they will personally deal with the separation. But it is important to remember and recognise that a separation is also likely to be the most traumatic experience of your children’s lives.

It is always going to be better for your children if you and your former spouse/partner are able to communicate in a civil and respectful manner and reach agreement about the arrangements that will be best for them. However it isn’t always possible to reach agreement. In the event of a dispute in relation to parenting arrangements it is most important that you obtain specialist advice about:

  • The resources that are available to assist you and your former spouse to reach agreement about the future arrangements for your children;
  • The options available for formalising any agreement reached to ensure that there is no confusion about the agreement reached;
  • What avenues you can take where no agreement can be reached between you and your former spouse/partner.

The Family Law Act 1975 is the primary law that governs parenting arrangements for children. The law in relation to parenting arrangements for children can be complex and includes issues such as:

  • How important decisions about children are to be made; For example the choice of school, medical treatment or religion;
  • Who the children will live with and how much time will they spend with the other parent or any other significant person such as grandparents or step parents;
  • Whether children can travel overseas;
  • Whether the interests of the children are affected by issues such as family violence, sexual abuse, drug use or mental illness;
  • Whether the children should relocate to another town, city or country with one parent;
  • Parenting arrangements for children conceived through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or any other assisted reproductive technology;
  • Adoption of children;
  • Special medical procedures for children requiring permission from the Family Court;
  • If a child's name can be changed.

Navigating your way through the family law process can be a difficult and stressful task particularly when you have the additional stressors arising from a separation.

If you need assistance to find your way and would like advice about what is in yours and your children's best interest, then please contact us to make an appointment with a qualified member of our Brisbane Family Law Team.



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It is our aim to alleviate as much of the stress and uncertainty from our clients as possible. We do this by providing you with the information you need to understand the process and the family law system so that you feel calm and confident knowing the likely outcomes and how we will achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

Why Choose Armstrong Legal?

Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448
Canberra: (02) 6288 1100

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