Child Custody Lawyers
Separation and divorce can dramatically impact a child’s life. The Family Law Act is in place to guide parties on how to determine the best interests of the child when considering future parenting arrangements, as sometimes what is best for the child, and what a parent wants can conflict. As compassionate family lawyers, we understand this is often the most difficult issue to resolve in a relationship separation or divorce.
Most family law matters involving children are an argument over where a child should live, how much time should be split between two parents, or how a child should spend time with each parent. It is not simply a 50/50 agreement, as in many cases that is not in the child’s best interests.
Chief amongst the considerations include the benefit to the child having a meaningful relationship with both parents, and the need to protect the child from physical and psychological harm. Child custody also takes into consideration which parent should make important decisions in the child’s life such as education or medical decisions, if child support needs to be included and can equally include grandparents or other adults concerned with the care of the child.
Will we need to go to court for custody?
You may be concerned that engaging a lawyer in a child custody matter may hurt an amicable relationship with a former ex-partner, and will result in going to court. In fact, all child custody cases go through a process called family dispute resolution, which helps reduce legal and court costs, and usually allows you to reach an agreement. Going to court is the last resort.
It is important to have an experienced family lawyer represent you in this process to ensure you know your rights, and can achieve a fair outcome without engaging in bitter disputes with your former partner.
We understand that each family is unique, and we are here to provide clear guidance and negotiate on your behalf to find the solution that works for your family and your children.
How can we help with Parenting Disputes?
Our Happy Clients
"I have found Peter to be passionate and extremely skilled in his profession and dedicated to providing the best possible service to me as his client.
Peter is mindful of clients' costs and is NOT just in this job for the money. He is a true professional and I will be forever grateful for having found him, and for his dedication to justice.."
"In the process of separation, I found Peter to be an experienced, approachable lawyer with excellent interpersonal skills.
Peter communicates in a manner that is easy to understand, and keeps you updated and reassured throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend Peter for anyone going through a separation or divorce who needs guidance or general advice in this difficult time".