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21 ways to guide your children through divorce or separation
 
As a parent, it's normal to feel uncertain about how to give your children the right support through your divorce or separation. It may be uncharted territory, but you can successfully navigate this unsettling time-and help your kids emerge from it feeling loved, confident, and strong.
 
It is a sad fact, but a true one, that today all our children are being touched by the shadow of divorce. Even if they are not among the growing number of families split apart by divorce, they will be influenced indirectly.
 
Following separation it is not uncommon for a mother to revert to her maiden name. Family lawyers are often asked whether the child's surname can also be changed to match that of the mother.
 
When a parent has a court order for the primary care of a child and the other parent does not return the child, the primary carer parent is able to bring an application for recovery.
 
The most common method of ascertaining a child's view is via the family report process.
 
Laws relating to childrens' passports may affect separated parents who, individually, want to travel overseas with their child.
 
Surrogacy arrangements are becoming more common in today's society where the definition of a family is becoming more diverse than just the ''nuclear family.'' The law around surrogacy in Australia is complex and different laws apply in different states and territories.
 
The courts have recognised that children do have views about their lives after parental separation and are often capable of expressing their views.
 
One significant issue of dispute between the husband and wife was whether or not the wife could significantly change the existing equal shared care arrangements for the children.
 
Issues regarding school enrolment and getting children ready for school can often ignite disagreement and disputes between parents who are separated or divorced.
 
You may have formal Court Orders concerning arrangements for Christmas and the holidays or a Parenting Plan agreed upon at Family Dispute Resolution. You may have made an agreement together without Court or Family Dispute Resolution. Or you may have recently separated and be anxious because you have no arrangements in place yet.
 
The Family Law Act 1975 sets out the criteria that are taken into account by the Court in determining what is in the best interests of the child. The first principle is known as the paramountcy principle..
 
If a case involving children goes to the Family Court, an Independent Children's Lawyer can be appointed to represent the child's interests (known as an ''ICL.'')
 
The i-dont Divorce Checklist can help you consider the various issues you may need to deal with. From Legal, Financial, Counselling and many other considerations. To download the pdf, click the link...
 
Moving to a new home can be one of the biggest changes that a family can face, especially for young children, so it is important to take them into consideration.
 
Participate in the National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Experiences (Australian Institute of Family Studies) by completing an online survey. This research is focused on the period of closed adoption in Australia and its effects.
 
The Court recently considered whether a relocation overseas for 2 young children was appropriate, as social research shows the first three years are critical for developing attachments with parents.
 
Most parents are very concerned about the effect of family separation on their children. Often parents feel guilty about placing their children in such a situation.
 
What happens when a parent abducts a child to a 'non-Hague convention' country, but then returns to Australia on their own?
 
Since the changes to the Child Support legislation in 2008 there have been (2) options for documenting a Child Support Agreement, either a Limited Agreement or a Binding Agreement.
 
Child inclusive mediation provides a child with an opportunity to tell their story and express their views in a safe, confidential environment. It can assist...
 
 

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