Father’s Rights After Separation

We represent a lot of fathers who are seeking family law information about their children and fathers rights after separation in Australia. 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.

Father’s Rights Australia

Father’s rights in Australia is a broad field.

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.

Fathers have the right to see their children in Australia, and a mother must demonstrate that a father poses an unacceptable risk to the child in order to deny access. Separating a child from the father is not acceptable and may even be considered illegal.

Even if a father is a non-custodial parent, he has the right to know his child’s whereabouts and access information such as school and medical records.

It’s essential to remember that in Australia, the default presumption is that both parents share equal parental rights. Only a court order, either from a local court or the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia, can restrict a father’s access to their children.

Always stay composed and seek proper advice regarding your situation.

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Achievements we've secured in the pursuit of paternal rights

  • Child custody disputes
    • We act on cases where fathers are seeking an increase of time with their children. We constantly face and overcome issues such as gatekeeping, gaslighting, abuse of process, false police reports, and violence orders.
  • Primary custody of the child
    • We have had cases where the father has maintained his position as the primary carer of the children, even when the mother was trying to falsely establish that she was the primary carer.
    • We have run cases where the primary carer was changed from the mother to the father, as the mother was found to have been abusing drugs and alcohol.
  • Prevent the relocation of a child
    • We have prevented children from being relocated to other suburbs and overseas.
    • We act in cases where we have been required to obtain recovery orders from the court to locate the child and to bring the child back to the father
  • Assist with the relocation of a child
    • We assisted a dad who wanted to relocate from NSW to Queensland with his children.
  • Weekend visitations and sleepovers
    • We have gotten dads overnight time with their kids, despite being denied this from the children’s mother.
  • Help with making major long-term decisions for the child
    • We have assisted dads obtain a say in relation to children’s education, schools they attend, and religions that they observe.

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    Custody Battle Tips For Fathers

    Indeed, going through a custody battle can be complex, especially in a system that prioritizes the child’s best interests. Here are ten custody battle tips for fathers in Australia:

    1. Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with the Family Law Act 1975 and your rights as a father after separation. Understanding the legal landscape will give you a clearer perspective on custody decisions based on the child’s best interests.
    2. Document Everything: Maintain a record of all interactions, including text messages, emails, visitation schedules, financial contributions, and other relevant communication. This can serve as evidence to demonstrate your involvement and commitment.
    3. Engage a Specialised Family Lawyer: An experienced solicitor can guide you through the legal nuances and help present your case in the best light. Seek recommendations and reviews before choosing one.
    4. Demonstrate Active Involvement: Actively participate in your child’s daily activities, school events, medical appointments, and other significant milestones. The courts favour parents who are consistently present in their child’s life.
    5. Create a Stable Environment: Ensure your living situation is conducive to raising a child. A stable, safe, and nurturing environment is a significant consideration in custody decisions.
    6. Stay Calm and Respectful: Avoid confrontations with the other parent. Demonstrating maturity, calmness, and willingness to cooperate can reflect positively in court.
    7. Consider Mediation: Before a full-blown court battle, consider mediation as an avenue. A neutral mediator can help both parties reach a mutual agreement, often leading to more harmonious outcomes.
    8. Avoid Common Mistakes: This includes speaking negatively about the other parent in front of the child, withholding child support, or violating any temporary custody agreements.
    9. Stay Updated with Legal Obligations: Regularly consult with your family lawyer to ensure you’re fulfilling all legal obligations, attending court dates, and adhering to any court-mandated programs or sessions.
    10. Prioritise Your Child’s Best Interests: While it’s natural to want to secure your rights as a father, always prioritise the emotional, physical, and psychological well-being of your child. Make decisions that support their best interests over personal desires or vendettas.

    Remember, each custody battle is unique. Although these child custody tips for fathers can provide general guidance, always rely on personalized advice from your family lawyers and consider your child’s needs and best interests.

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    Father’s Rights Custody FAQs

    At what age can a father get 50 50 custody?

    There is no specific age at which a father can secure a 50-50 arrangement with their child. Most judges will not consider a 50-50 arrangement until the child is at least 4 or 5 years old. This is because most judges believe that a child should spend more time with their primary caregiver when the child is between 0 and 5 years of age. However, there are cases where a 50-50 arrangement may be suitable for children aged 1 to 4 years.

    Fathers obtain 50-50 custody in Australia more often than one might think. According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, only 3% of court-ordered parenting agreements involve no contact between children and their fathers, compared to 9% of the general separated population. The study also revealed that 21% of parents shared custody of their children.

    How to get visitations rights as a father?

    Visitation rights grant a father the opportunity to spend time with his child. However, it typically means the child remains in the mother’s custody.

    To secure visitation rights as a father, the most effective approach is to submit a formal written request to the court. This application should be filed in a court near the child’s place of residence and must clearly state the petitioner’s status as the child’s father, along with the request for visitation rights.

    What access rights do fathers have?

    Fathers have the same rights as mothers when it comes to accessing children. It is important to distinguish who is making decisions for the children and that the primary care of the child is consulted when one parent is seeking access to their child.

    How long does a father have to be absent to lose his rights in Australia?

    There is no set time for a father to be absent to lose his rights in Australia. The only way for a father to lose their parental rights is through a court order made through the Family Court.