John R Quinn & co. Established in 1986
In making a parenting order, the court will always consider the best interests of the child, considering a number of factors set out in the legislation. These factors include, the benefit to the child of having a meaningful relationship with both parents, and the need to protect a child from physical or psychological harm.
The terms, “child custody” and “contact” have been replaced in the family law legislation by the terms, “resident parent” and “time spent with”. The intention of the legislative changes is to emphasise that no parent owns a child.
Both parents, whether married or not, have full responsibility for their children until they turn eighteen years old. The family law system strongly encourages parents to reach an agreement regarding the care of their children as the children are directly affected by separation and divorce. These effects may include a change of residence for the children, loss of the family home and familiar surroundings, and potential changes to the amount of time the children spend with each parent. The court can formalise agreements between parents in relation to the children by making consent orders.
Family dispute resolution
Recent legislative changes also require parents to attend family dispute resolution to resolve disputes about children prior to lodging an application with the court. These changes are intended to promote the sharing of parental responsibility in the event of family breakdown.
what we offer
Our child custody lawyers in Sydney CBD will help you to legally ensure the safety and well-being of any dependent children, under the age of 18, who may be involved in your marital breakdown situation.
Parties are advised to resolve Parenting Orders without court attendance and Family Dispute Resolution is mandatory. Also Mediation can greatly assist parties resolve all issues. Once agreed the parties can enter into Parenting Consent Orders which are sealed by the court.
We can assist parents when attending family dispute resolution.
Contact our family lawyers
The closest train stations are Town Hall, taking the Park Street exit, or St James Station, taking the Elizabeth Street exit. John R Quinn & Co. is on the corner of Park and Elizabeth.
Best parking is in the Domain parking station. Take the moving footway and cross Hyde Park to reach our offices.
John R Quinn & Co. Family Lawyers
Level 12, 60 Park Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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John R Quinn & Co. is located in the CBD of Sydney and provides a range of legal services for both local, national & international clients. We are experienced family lawyers with over 35 years of experience.