Separated or thinking about Separation?
What happens to my children?
The Family Law Act sets out the considerations for how much time children should spend with each parent and what their responsibilities are (previously known as custody of children). Both parents have a duty to support their children after separation and, prior to any Court orders, they continue to share responsibility for them.
There is no set rule for how much time children of separated parents should spend with each parent. The best option for children is to have their parents reach agreement about where they should live and how much time they should spend with each parent.
There are a range of methods that we can use to help you reach agreement about your children. We can also help you obtain information about what is best for your children and how to help cope with the upheavals and change arising out of your separation.
If you can’t agree, you do have the option of going to Court, but this is usually a last resort.