How is Custody of Children Decided?

Here are some of the basic rules how child custody can be decided in Victoria.

  • Parties can agree to an arrangement for the care of children of their union either verbally or in writing. There is no fixed and inflexible rule about the care arrangements
  • If parents of children wish to, they can put their agreement relating to the care of their children into writing by way of a parenting plan or consent orders filed in the Family Court
  • We can help formalise your arrangement by engrossing an Application and consent orders
  • If parties cannot agree upon a suitable arrangement, we can write to the other party

If you would like to speak to a child custody lawyer in Melbourne, contact us today.


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