The parenting order made by the Court will cover usually 4 issues:
Who has parental responsibility for the child (makes long term decisions – things like what religion the child is, where the child will attend school, if the child has a serious illness, what type of treatment they receive etc.).
Who the child lives with.
If the child is not living with a person, who the child spends time with and on what conditions (times, days, supervision etc.)
Any special issues orders (things like restraining a parent from using drugs or alcohol when spending time with a child, how parents access medical and school information etc.)
The Court will usually allow both parents to share parenting unless there has been abuse or violence or it’s not in the child’s best interests.
If shared parenting is going to work, both parents must be able to communicate about major issues that affect the child.
For more details, see Parenting Orders – More Info.
Disclaimer: This information is a general guide to the law. It should not be relied on as legal advice. If you have a specific legal problem you should consult a lawyer.
It applies to people who live in, or are affected by, the law as it applies in NSW, Australia. The information contained in this publication is current at 1 January 2014.