If you are reading this, you are likely to have some clients who are going through separation or divorce. As professionals who assist our mutual clients on legal and financial matters, it is in our best interests to be aware of potential issues that might arise for them.
For this reason, we regularly write articles with you and your clients in mind, so we can inform them about some Family Law concepts and assist them to make informed decisions at every point in their journey.
This collection of resources revolves around navigating through separation and divorce where there are children involved. We hope you find these articles helpful. Feel free to share them with your clients, so they can be armed with the knowledge to best support their children and themselves through this process.
In this resource, we have carefully selected articles to help our professional network and their clients who are going through separation or divorce understand more about some family law concepts when children are involved. We value the expertise that our professional network provides in helping us get the best possible outcome for our mutual clients. It is for this reason that we compiled these articles to help our professional network and the people they assist to gain a better understanding of what needs to be considered during a separation or divorce where children are involved.
This resource is divided into two sections:
- What to know about care arrangements and child support for children
- How to support your children and yourself through separation & divorce
We hope you find this resource helpful. You are most welcome to share it with your clients as an initial reference point if they are experiencing separation or divorce.
What to know about care arrangements and child support for children
Parenting arrangements and the law
The Family Law Act does not reference parental rights when children are involved but rather considers what is in a child’s best interests. The paramount consideration is to protect children and focus on the responsibilities that parents have. This article explains parenting arrangements and the legal framework which applies.
What is a Family Report? When is Family Report required?
A Family Report may be required following a separation to assist separating couples in reaching an agreement about the care arrangements for their children. It is a recommendation by an expert outlined in a report which is used to help determine care arrangements for children of parents who are separating. The process of getting a Family Report involves a family consultant, the parents, and the children of the separating couple.
Living overseas with children in Australia
If you have a client who lives in another country and has child support obligations but does not want to make any payments, arrangements can sometimes be made to collect the child support payment. This article covers the laws and policies that are in place regarding child support if a separated parent is living outside Australia.
Important considerations when relocating with children
Relocating with your children after going through separation or divorce is not as easy as others might think. This article helps anyone who is contemplating relocating with their children to learn of some important considerations before they take steps or pack their bags.
How child support works
Child support and parenting care arrangements are determined in different ways. Even if child support is paid this does not have a direct link to the time that parents may be able to spend with their child. There may be other reasons why that time could still be more limited. This article covers what separated parents can expect when it comes to how much they can spend time with their children even if they pay child support.
The advantages and disadvantages of child support agreements
Divorcing parents can enter into formalised agreements called Binding Child Support Agreements to ensure that child support arrangements including those which involve payments to third parties, like school fees, are adhered to. This article explores what a Binding Child Support Agreement is and the advantages and disadvantages of getting one.
How to help your children and yourself through separation and divorce
Books to help children cope with divorce
Books are helpful tools to help children cope with divorce. Hidden within the images and stories in these books contain messages that provide advice and coping mechanisms that will assist children to better understand their situation.
Helping children through divorce – 4 tips to help them through your separation and divorce
Children are as much affected as adults during a separation or divorce. But unlike adults, children might not understand the situation and might not know how to cope with a divorce in the family. This article covers some helpful tips to assist children through the separation process.
Surviving the festive season as a separated family
This article discusses four considerations that separated parents need to take into account to make it through the festive season. This will help parents to communicate arrangements early and hopefully to assist them to minimise disagreements.
How to look after yourself during separation and divorce
The end of a relationship is an emotional time for all concerned. Whilst the people we assist cope with the stages of grief in very different ways we see first-hand that mourning the loss of a relationship is one of the most difficult experiences people can go through.
For this reason, we share four simple but important things parents can do to manage some of the stress they experience during a separation or divorce.
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