If you are looking to better understand the world of Child Custody & Parenting Arrangements, our lawyers at Rockwell Bates are here to help.

We advise clients on all issues affecting children upon relationship breakdown. This includes living and spend-time arrangements, decision-making processes and specific issues surrounding their care such as which school they should attend, or what medical care they should receive.

A common area of a divorce is custody of children. Parenting plans have the ability to specify terms and conditions such as communication channels and possible dispute channels that can ease and further assist in ensuring the divorce process is as smooth as possible.

Now what? If you’re looking at separation and there are children involved, or you would like to review the parenting plan you have in place, get in touch with our experienced and empathetic team here at Rockwell Bates to discuss what you need and how we can help.

The way in which your Family Law team gave me a very clear road map of the divorce process and what to expect as well as an explanation of the costs to get to each stage - made me feel totally in control of my whole divorce proceedings. I would absolutely recommend Daniel and his team!

Karen
Family Law Client

The Rockwell Bates team worked with my tax advisors and accountants to construct a complex estate plan and family business charter that protected the wealth I had created via our family business interest but gave us enough flexibility & clarity to enable me to help my children in their own business and personal ventures.

Harry
Estate Planning & Asset Protection

Child Custody and Parenting Plans FAQs

The lawyers here at Rockwell Bates are well-versed in Family Law. Any question you have, no matter how small you may think it is, you should ask. You can ask what the fees will be, how long could it take. We can advise you on what happens if custody can’t be arranged by lawyers and it has to go to the courts.

If both parties are agreeable, then yes, you can get custody of your children without a lawyer. We don’t recommend this, however, in case there is conflict or one party wants to change the arrangement. It can get very complicated.

If a court deems both parents are unsuited to be the guardian of a child, then a member of the extended family will be considered to be the guardian of the child. If this is not possible, the court will decide on foster care.

If parents cannot agree, with the help of lawyers, on a parenting agreement, the process moves to the courtroom. There, a judge will decide what is in the best interests of the child, based on arguments from both presenting sides.

You can negotiate your own parenting arrangement, but we suggest this may not be in your best interests. There can be things you may not consider in a complete agreement package, and we wouldn’t want you to end up in a bad position from which you can’t negotiate your way out. We want what is fair for the child and for you too.

Family Lawyers Who Are on Your Team

Now what? If you’re looking at separation and there are children involved, or you would like to review the parenting plan you have in place, get in touch with our experienced and empathetic team here at Rockwell Bates to discuss what you need and how we can help.

Call us on (03) 9087 7900 or request a private, confidential chat with a senior lawyer.