CHILD ISSUES AND PARENTING
BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD

Phrase 'Best Interests of the Child' explained

Best Interests of Children Parenting Family Law Act | DIY Family Law Australia

The Family Law Act 1975 requires a Court making a parenting order to regard the ‘Best Interests of the Child’ as the paramount consideration.

While most people will have their own idea about what the ‘Best Interests of the Child’ means, it is actually given a specific meaning in the Family Law Act 1975.

Parents should also bear the ‘Best Interests of the Child’ principle in mind when making Parenting Plans.

The Family Law Act 1975 makes it clear that:

  • both parents are responsible for the care and welfare of their Child until the Child reaches 18 years of age; and

  • parenting arrangements which involve shared responsibilities and cooperation between the parents are usually in the best interests of the Child.

 

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