Fact sheet – Best Interests of the child

Last updated: 17/06/2024

The law looks to the “best interests of the child” when a couple with children separate. The “best interests” relate to a child’s safety - to make sure a child is protected from physical or psychological harm, abuse, neglect and family violence. If you have separated from your partner and you have children the law ensures that the plans you and your ex make are good for your children.

Fact sheet – Grandparent’s rights

Last updated: 20/04/2021

Information on parental responsibility, parenting plans, who a child is to live with, spend time with or communicate with, consent orders, applications to Family Court, mediation, factors the court takes into consideration, links to Family Court, Family Relationship Advice Line and Relationships Australia.

Fact sheet – Family violence

Last updated: 03/05/2021

Overview of Family Violence Act 2004, including family violence orders, police family violence orders, police powers of arrest and detention, factors affecting bail and sentencing.