Australia Guide to Parenting Arrangements

Where to begin:

Parenting arrangements in Australia
Answers to your Australia custody questions. Do we have to go to court? How much will it cost? Can I claim child support?

Staying out of court:

Australia parenting plans: Making your agreement
How to make a parenting plan in Australia. Get a custody agreement you and the other parent can use to avoid court. Template and examples.

Australia parenting schedules
How to choose a custody schedule, how to write it and what to include. Popular schedules for different divisions of time.

FDR & ADR in Australia: Resolving custody out of court
Resolving family disputes out of court is highly encouraged in Australia. Explore four options to save money and time.

Going to court:

Australian parenting orders & family court orders
The most common parenting orders. "Live with" orders and "spend time with" orders, injunctions, consent orders and more explained.

6 steps to parenting orders in Australia family court
How to get custody in the Federal Circuit & Family Court of Australia. Information for applicants and respondents. Forms and links you need.

9 steps to parenting orders: Western Australia
We walk you through the process of litigating custody in WA. Information for applicants and respondents — from preparations through trial.

Child support:

Calculating Australian child support and care percentages
Parents can agree on any child support amount, unless one asks Services Australia to step in. Agreements, assessments and care time explained.

Bring calm to co‑parenting. Agree on a schedule and plan. Be prepared with everything documented.

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