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Parenting Plans & Children’s Law

Without a doubt, one of the most challenging aspects of navigating the breakdown of a relationship is coming to an agreement on the future care, living and parenting arrangements for your children.

Family law can be a complex field to navigate, and getting specialist legal advice is of the utmost importance to ensure that your children’s best interests are considered. At Strategic Lawyers Townsville, we’ll provide the assistance and guidance you need during this time — always acting to benefit your children.

A tailored approach to family law

Our family lawyers in Townsville will provide a tailored approach, specific to your unique case and needs, to help you achieve the best and fairest outcome. We are experts in the area of negotiation and can help you reach an agreement with your ex-partner through a negotiated settlement. In more complex cases, we can also assist with mediation, helping families achieve issue resolution.

Where possible, it is always preferable to reach an agreement on custody and parenting issues outside of court. At Strategic Lawyers, we’ll work on your behalf to negotiate and formalise a resolution without the need for long and expensive court proceedings. If there is no alternative but to proceed to court, you can be sure that Strategic Lawyers Townsville will fight to ensure the fairest outcome is achieved and that your interests are well looked after and protected.

Formalising parental agreements

When it comes to finalising parenting and custody arrangements for your children, there is the choice of a voluntary (and informal) parenting plan or a legally binding (and formal) consent order. While both documents may contain similar information relating to the future care, welfare and development of your children, the main difference between the two is that a consent order is legally enforceable, and therefore cannot be easily changed. It is also subject to penalties if contravened.

There are pros and cons to both parenting plans and consent orders, so it’s important that you receive tailored, expert advice as to the best option for your family’s circumstances. As with all of our family law services, we’ll provide solid guidance and accurate advice on your parenting consent order and parenting plan options and will always act in the best interests of your children.

Contact Strategic Lawyers for all of your family law needs

If you require assistance related to child custody or parental agreements, contact the expert team of family lawyers at Strategic Lawyers Townsville today. With our passion for achieving life-changing results, you can rely on us to offer a tailored service to get the results you need. We are also conveniently located in Mackay, Charters Towers, Mission Beach, Cairns, Ingham, Mount Isa, Bowen and Ayr.

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FAQs

A parenting plan is a written agreement signed by both parents, outlining all aspects of a child’s care, development and welfare. Being a voluntary agreement, it is not legally binding (unlike a consent order) and therefore allows for more flexibility. A parenting plan can be essential in ensuring that separated parents are in agreement about their child’s care and best interests.

Joint custody, called shared parental responsibility in the Family Law system is an arrangement where separated parents share responsibility for their child’s care. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the child spends equal time with each parent, but it does require significant time spent with each parent to ensure that responsibility is shared.

The court can impose penalties for breaching parenting orders, with the penalty depending on the seriousness of the breach. The court could order that the affected parent be compensated for time missed, impose a fine or even imprisonment. The court will often assess if the parenting order should be changed or varied to prevent future issues.

Unless a court has denied access to a child, it is generally not allowed for one parent to deny the other parent access. If you are a parent who is concerned about the safety and wellbeing of your child and would like to limit the other parent’s access, it is important that you seek legal advice or attend family law mediation. For those who are being denied access without a formal court order, please follow the same advice as above.

The most common child custody arrangement is shared parental responsibility, often referred to as joint custody outside of court. Providing there are no child safety issues, such as abuse or violence, this arrangement is usually considered in the child’s best interest. However, parental responsibility can also be sole parental responsibility (also referred to as a sole custody arrangement outside of court), which still allows for time with the noncustodial parent if there are no child safety issues.

This where the parties sit down, for example around a kitchen table or over coffee, to discuss the issues themselves to try to come to agreement regarding property or children’s matters or both.

It is usually best to have a meeting with us first before attempting this, so you know what your rights are, what you’re trying to achieve, and how best to achieve it.

One of the most important things to realise about this “kitchen table” option is that if you do reach an agreement, often it is not a “binding” agreement. It is usually necessary to then take that kitchen table agreement to your lawyer to have it put into a binding agreement – binding on the parties, binding on the courts, on the police, and so on.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Townsville team to discuss this option.

This is where the parties, together with their lawyers, push hard to nut out a deal with the assistance of a highly experienced Independent Mediator.

This process can take place prior to initiating Court action, or whilst Court proceedings are in process.

The idea here is to get the parties together for a day, together with their Family Solicitors Townsville, and together with a very experienced accredited Independent Mediator. These often work because everyone is there with a view to negotiating and reaching a deal on the day.

This can often be a good option because it’s less expensive than going to Court, and often on the day a Binding Agreement can be reached in the form of minutes for Consent Orders.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Townsville team to discuss this option.

This process can take place prior to initiating Court action, or whilst Court proceedings are in process.

The idea here is to get the parties together for a day, together with their Family Solicitors Townsville, and together with a very experienced accredited Independent Mediator. These often work because everyone is there with a view to negotiating and reaching a deal on the day.

This can often be a good option because it’s less expensive than going to Court, and often on the day a Binding Agreement can be reached in the form of minutes for Consent Orders.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Townsville team to discuss this option.

This is the most popular option. It’s where you engage us as your Family Lawyers Townsville team to negotiate a deal outside of court on your behalf for either children’s or property matters (or both). Whatever the issue – we’ve got it covered.

These negotiations usually occur via written correspondence dealing with the background, the issues in dispute, what the law says about the issues, while making proposals for settling the matter on certain terms that you are agreeable to. These written negotiations are often followed up with verbal negotiations.

We take a “strategic” approach to these negotiations. We believe in keeping your case out of court if possible. Professional negotiations with a strategic focus are often the best way to achieve that.

Consent Orders are often the best agreement for you. This is a binding agreement, negotiated by us on your behalf, without the need to battle it out in Court. Consent Orders are a lot cheaper than going to Court. And Consent Orders are binding on the parties, the police, the Courts, and so on. Please note that Consent Orders can cover either property or children’s matters (or both at the same time). This is the most popular “out of Court” option.

Please note that throughout these negotiations we are at all times acting in your best interests, achieving the outcome you want in the quickest possible timeframe. Our Family Solicitors Townsville team are highly skilled and trained negotiators. Sometimes the best decision you can make is to put it into the hands of the professionals.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Townsville team to discuss this option.

These negotiations usually occur via written correspondence dealing with the background, the issues in dispute, what the law says about the issues, while making proposals for settling the matter on certain terms that you are agreeable to. These written negotiations are often followed up with verbal negotiations.

We take a “strategic” approach to these negotiations. We believe in keeping your case out of court if possible. Professional negotiations with a strategic focus are often the best way to achieve that.

Consent Orders are often the best agreement for you. This is a binding agreement, negotiated by us on your behalf, without the need to battle it out in Court. Consent Orders are a lot cheaper than going to Court. And Consent Orders are binding on the parties, the police, the Courts, and so on. Please note that Consent Orders can cover either property or children’s matters (or both at the same time). This is the most popular “out of Court” option.

Please note that throughout these negotiations we are at all times acting in your best interests, achieving the outcome you want in the quickest possible timeframe. Our Family Solicitors Townsville team are highly skilled and trained negotiators. Sometimes the best decision you can make is to put it into the hands of the professionals.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Townsville team to discuss this option.

While Court should be avoided if possible, it is true that some family law cases simply need to go to Court. And that is what the Court is there for: to consider the evidence and to make a decision when the parties can’t resolve it themselves. Please note that you can go to Court for both property and children’s matters, or both at the same time.

If you need a “bulldog in your corner”, then we’re your Family Solicitors Townsville team of litigation experts. As your lawyer and your advocate, we will stand in your shoes and argue your case in your very best interests. If you need to go to the Family Court, then look no further.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Townsville team to discuss this option.

If you need a “bulldog in your corner”, then we’re your Family Solicitors Townsville team of litigation experts. As your lawyer and your advocate, we will stand in your shoes and argue your case in your very best interests. If you need to go to the Family Court, then look no further.

Call (07) 4795 1114 to set up a meeting with our Family Lawyers Townsville team to discuss this option.

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Bella, 2021

I had received a very professional service from Strategic Lawyers throughout my case. Lawyers were proficient, efficient and addressed all matters promptly in a courteous manner

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The experience was not only professional but also full of empathy and care.

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Daisy, 2021

All Lawyers were fantastic to deal with from start to finish. All-in-all it was a great experience

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Lisa, 2021

During a difficult time in my life, I engaged Strategic Lawyers who were very professional and as a result, my life has changed and I can now move on. I highly recommend Strategic Lawyers.

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Damien, 2021

I would highly recommend using Strategic Lawyers. They represented me in my case and I felt like I had the best team in my corner

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Kym, 2021

Sometimes life presents you with a momentous challenge, one which requires you to seek Legal Counsel. Strategic treated me with kindness and gave me the strength to keep fighting, even when I felt I didn’t have much control over the situation.

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Emma, 2021

Very friendly and professional. Highly recommended

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We chose strategic lawyers to handle the purchase of our investment property based on online reviews. Based on our experience, Strategic law firm act with integrity ,honesty and high level of professionalism.

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Glen, 2021

I had a good experience with strategic, I felt looked after in a professional and caring manner, I felt as if the team at strategic really had my best interests at heart, and did their utmost to get me a good result.

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Judith, 2021

From the first meeting with Lawyers we felt at ease and comfortable with engaging them to provide Legal advice to us

Judith, 2021

Lucyanne – 2021

Strategic made me feel extremely reassured and calm through the whole process from the first phone call, meeting and in court I was looked after I’m a very professional manner

Lucyanne, 2021

Tammie Cant, 2018

Strategic Lawyers was recommended to me by a close friend and I was extremely happy with my experience. I first met with Justin to discuss my family law matter then I began to also work with Rob. Both gentlemen were extremely professional, thorough and supportive in their roles, keeping me constantly updated on the progress of my matter. I would recommend Strategic Lawyers to everyone requiring assistance with family law matters. Thank you to the team at Strategic Lawyers 🙂

Tammie Cant, 2018

Jody Ludbrook

I actually swapped over to Strategic Lawyers after not being satisfied elsewhere. The difference was like night and day. Strategic Lawyers kept me updated which dropped my stress levels.They explained things clearly.They are Professional and efficient. They got the best outcome for me-which I didn’t dare to even think was possible! I recommend them highly-in fact I will never use anyone else again. Thank you Strategic Lawyers Townsville.

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Tim Lorger, Local Guide, 2017

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Jerry Manson, 2018

would highly recommend using Strategic Lawyers if you need representation in Townsville. I was represented by Anthony Sturgeon, and from the first consult till the closing case I felt comfortable and guided through the whole journey. My case was a criminal matter and having had no prior encounters of this nature I was very overwhelmed by the situation. Anthony is very professional and attentive to all your needs, especially when dealing with the law for the first time. Thanks to everyone at the firm.

Jerry Manson, 2018

Ryan Coleridge, 2018

A sincere thank you to Steve Hodgson and Justin Ireland for their hard work and professionalism during a difficult period. They not only allayed my concerns but were able to obtain an outcome beyond my expectations. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal advice.

Ryan Coleridge, 2018

Donnie Jones, 2018

Ben Watt and the team at Strategic Lawyers, went above and beyond to help my son and I. As such we were rewarded with a positive outcome. Can’t thank the team enough for their time, attention to detail and most of all their concern for our matter. Excellent service provided by all.

Donnie Jones, 2018

Jason Jackson, 2018

If you want a team of lawyers totally committed to your case, look no further. Their track record is great. They always get good outcomes for me and I always feel like I have great legal representation with them. They definitely communicate with me better than other law firms out there, and they take the time to listen to what I have to say and for me to get my story out in full. They’re not just interested in a pay check – they definitely care about me, my case, and my success. I definitely highly recommend these guys as they always achieve great results for me no matter what the case.

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Sarah Myers, 2017

If you want someone to really fight for you, then look no further. I chose Strategic Lawyers because of their Fixed Prices, their friendly team and their passion. They were the bulldog in my corner when I needed it most. They won the case for me. I highly recommend them!

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David Luke, 2019

Very professional and compassionate. From the first consultation I could tell they genuinely cared about me and my situation. Their communication was outstanding. The best law firm I’ve ever dealt with.

David Luke, 2019

Val Waszkiewicz, 2018

I think the fix fee is brilliant. No nasty surprises at payment time. The staff are friendly and very helpful and speak in a language that you can understand clearly. I would recommend their services to anyone

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