We represent a lot of fathers who are seeking family law information about their children and the Australian legal system.
Many fathers come to us with depression, anxiety and high levels of stress because they believe that they will not be able to spend time with or see their children.
There has always been a preconception that the courts will always award mum primary custody and dad will get the children on the weekends.
This is simply not true as each case is unique and requires careful consideration, nonetheless, if it can be argued that it is in the best interests of the child to stay with the father and not the mother, then the court may make a decision in favour of the father.
The average father is now very different to what they were 20 years ago.
We see today that fathers are very active when it comes to the raising and decision making of the children.
Research confirms that fathers’ affection towards children helps promote their social and emotional development.
Most divorced fathers do not receive full custody of their children.
As a result, maintaining their roles as parents can be difficult due to the reduction in time spent with their children.
Justice Family Lawyers empowers fathers to spend as much time as possible with their children.
We educate fathers on what they’re entitled to and encourage them to ask the courts for what they really want.
The Courts encourage parents to make plans that align with the best interests of the child.
Denial of contact with one parent may have serious consequences for a child’s development.
Father’s rights is a broad field and the following are matters that we have assisted our clients with:
- Child custody disputes
- Primary custody of the child
- Obtain visitation when they have been denied visitation by the child’s mother
- Obtain recovery orders from the court to locate the child and to bring the child back to the father
- Prevent the relocation of a child
- Assist with the relocation of a child
- Weekend visitations and sleepovers
- Help with making major long-term decisions for the child
When determining child custody rights, the golden principle that the courts look at is 60CA of the Family Law Act 1975.
The section says that when determining parenting orders in relation to a child, the Court must regard the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration.