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All families are different, and when making arrangements for children or applying for a parenting order, it’s important to make sure the arrangements are practical and in the children’s best interests.
Every family is different and there are no standard or set arrangements for children.
The Family Law Act sets out what matters should be considered, and these will help you to make arrangements for your children or when applying for a parenting order.
Practical issues you should consider include
Here are some examples of orders. The sample orders cover:
To be given to the children’s school/day care and any medical professional treating the children. The school/day care or medical professional is authorised to speak with either parent about the children’s health, education, development and welfare.
The children are not to be left unsupervised in the care of <insert name/s>
You don’t have to talk to your former partner about starting a new relationship.
You will need to speak with your former partner if you want to move to another area and this would make it difficult for the children to see the other parent. You’ll need to try to come to an agreement about the move. For more information, see moving or travelling with children in Australia . Get legal advice
You may need legal advice if:
We may give legal advice about making agreements for the arrangements for children.
The following organisations may be able to give legal advice.
Community legal centres give legal advice on a range of topics. Contact them to find out if they can help.
Women's legal Service gives free legal advice to women on areas of law including domestic violence and family law.
Queensland Law Society can refer you to a specialist private solicitor for advice or representation.
Family Relationship Advice Line gives information about the family law system in Australia.
These organisations may be able to help. They don’t give legal advice.
Family Relationship Centres gives information, referrals, dispute resolution and advice on parenting after separation.
Family Court deals with family law cases. Court forms and information on family court processes are available online.
Department of Communities (Child Safety Services) investigates reports of harm or suspected child abuse against any child under 18.
Domestic and Family Violence Court Assistance Services gives information and help about domestic violence and applications in some courts in Queensland. Court assistance workers can also help with applications for legal Aid and referrals to other services.
DV Connect — gives counselling, information, referral and help including refuge and shelter placement and crisis intervention to people affected by domestic violence. They also manage the Pets in crisis project arranging foster care for pets while people affected by domestic violence are in temporary accommodation.
Mensline (DV Connect) is a free, confidential telephone counselling, referral and support service for men.
Men and Family Relationship Counselling Service has a range of services including domestic violence prevention counselling and help for men who have had police contact around domestic violence issues.
Queensland Police can help if you or your children are at risk of harm.