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The Well-Being of Your Children is Our Top Priority

We specialise in helping parents navigate the complex process of creating parenting arrangements for their children. We understand that the well-being of your children is your top priority, and we are here to guide you through every step of the process with compassion and expertise.

Creating a parenting arrangement, also known as a parenting plan, can be one of the most challenging aspects of a divorce or separation. The goal is to create a plan that works for everyone involved, but most importantly, one that is in the best interest of the children. Our team has extensive experience working with parents to develop personalised parenting arrangements that meet the unique needs of their family.

The Power of Negotiation

At Burke Mangan Lawyers, we believe in the power of negotiation and mediation to resolve disputes and create long-term solutions. Our team is skilled in facilitating productive discussions between parents, encouraging open communication and cooperation. We work tirelessly to help parents reach an agreement that is fair, reasonable, and in the best interest of the children.

If court is necessary, our family lawyers are experienced litigators and will fiercely advocate for your rights. We have successfully represented many clients in complex parenting arrangement cases, and we have the knowledge and experience to handle even the most challenging situations.

Our family lawyers are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their children. We understand the emotional and financial toll that legal disputes can take on families, and we strive to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers. We will listen to your concerns and help you develop a plan that meets your family’s needs and ensures the well-being of your children.


What age can children decide who to live with?

One of the most common questions we receive is whether children are allowed to decide which parent they live with after separation. While children’s preferences are taken into consideration during parenting arrangement negotiations, the decision ultimately lies with the parents or the court.

The court’s primary consideration is the best interests of the child. This means that the court will take into account a range of factors, including the child’s relationship with each parent, their age, and their wishes, before making a decision. However, the court is not bound by the child’s preferences, and will only take them into account if they are considered to be in the child’s best interests.

I want to see my children, what can I do?

When a child is withheld from a parent, the parent can apply to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia for parenting orders. These orders can give the parent rights to spend time with their child, make decisions about their child’s care, and have access to documents and information about their child.

The court may also make orders such as counselling, supervised time with the child, or drug and alcohol testing.

If you do not know your children’s whereabouts, you can ask the court to provide you with this information.

If you are worried about the safety of your child, you should contact the police immediately. The police may be able to assist in locating your child.

It is important if your child is being withheld from you that you take steps immediately to reunite with your child. Our Family Lawyers can provide guidance and support to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your children.

Am I entitled to equal care of my children?

Equal time arrangements are a great way to ensure both parents remain actively involved in the lives of their children after separation.

Under an equal time arrangement, each parent will have their children with them for an equal amount of time. This could be alternating weeks, or a few days with one parent and a few days with the other. The exact arrangement will depend on what works best for the family.

An equal time arrangement is not a one size fits all solution.  Each family’s situation is different, and the arrangement needs to be tailored to the individual family’s needs. It’s important to consider the age and development stage of the children, how much time both parents have to spend with their children, and how far apart the parents live.

If you’re considering an equal time arrangement, it’s important to discuss this with a specialist family lawyer who can provide advice and guidance on how to achieve this type of arrangement if it is possible for your family.

How can I protect my children from domestic violence?

No child should ever experience violence, especially in the home. Sadly, violence in the home is an all too common experience for many children. When a child’s parent is violent toward the other parent, children suffer as well.

If you are a parent of a child who is experiencing violence from their other parent, it is important to act right away.  The police can often provide a quick solution by issuing an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order.  For longer term solutions the court can make orders ensuring the children are not exposed to violence by ensuring a third party is present during any time the children might spend with a violent parent.

Our expert family lawyers can advise you on your legal rights and provide information on how to protect your child.

Can I relocate with my children?

Relocating with children after separation can be a complex and delicate issue particularly if the move involves a significant distance.

If the other parent does not consent to the relocation, the matter may need to be resolved through court. The court will consider a range of factors, including the best interests of the child, the nature of the relationship between the child and the non-moving parent, the child’s education and other important factors.

Our team of skilled family lawyers will work with you to develop a strong and persuasive case, taking into account the unique circumstances of your situation. We will provide you with a clear and practical understanding of your legal rights and obligations, and will guide you through the entire process, from negotiating with the other parent to representing you in court if necessary.

If you are facing a relocation issue, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation. We are here to help you protect your family’s best interests and achieve the best possible outcome for you and your children.

Connect with us today and take the first step towards your peace of mind.

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