A Parenting Order specifies where a child is to live, the time they are to spend with each parent and how they can communicate with their parents.
The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) states that when making a Parenting Order, the Court must presume that it is in a child’s best interests for separated parents to have equal shared parental responsibility.
This means that parents must consult with each other and share responsibility for decisions about major long term issues in regard to the children.
Major Long Term Issues
Major long term issues are issues about the care, welfare and development of a child of a long-term nature such as:The child’s education (both current and future);The child’s religious and cultural upbringing;The child’s health;The child’s name; andChanges to the child’s living arrangements that make it significantly more difficult for the child to spend time with a parent.