We’re parents too, which is why at Waters Lawyers, we believe all children have the right to a wonderfully memorable childhood. Parents share the duties and responsibilities concerning the care, welfare and development of their children. However, when they are in the midst of a child custody dispute, the happiness and security of a child is put at risk.

We are highly experienced in de-escalating tense situations and resolving parenting disputes in a sensitive manner. In every case, the needs and best interests of the child is the paramount consideration by both Waters Lawyers and the Court.

How does the law view child custody matters?

Children have the right to know and be cared for by both parents, regardless of their marital status. They have the right to spend regular time and communicate with both parents and other significant family members, such as grandparents and relatives.

Can a Child Custody Agreement be overturned?

Will I need to go to Family Court?

Resolution in most cases is attempted first through mediation. If this proves unsuccessful, you will be issued with a certificate to progress the dispute to Court. By bringing the case to Court, you are granting the Judge final jurisdiction in parenting orders. Documentation must be filed in order to issue proceedings, and engaging a skilled Family Lawyer is essential to ensure they are prepared and filed correctly and promptly.

How much will it cost?

The cost of child custody matters vary depending on the circumstances and if we need to progress to the Family Court. During our initial consultation, we will analyse the situation and risks from each party and then predict the likely outcome.

We are transparent in our approach and will always tell you what you need to hear so you are equipped to make an informed decision moving forward. Decisions made in the Family Court are difficult to appeal, therefore having an expert Family Lawyer in your corner from the beginning is vital.

How do I book an appointment?

Our free non-obligational initial consultations can be arranged by contacting our office on 5996 1600 or online by booking an ‘Initial meeting – Child Custody’ appointment here.


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