Our family law team are experienced in family dispute resolution processes including mediation, conciliation and litigation and will guide you in identifying arrangements that are in the best interests of your children.

Decisions about the amount of time children spend with each parent can be difficult while trying to come to terms with the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship.


We are experienced in assisting parents with many aspects of the care of their children including, but not limited to, their residence, schooling, religious upbringing, medical responsibility, communication and protection from harm or family violence.


Early and informed decisions about the proposals you make for the care of your children may make the difference between experiencing years of acrimony versus creating a supported environment for the growth and wellbeing of your children following the breakdown of a relationship and / or marriage.


The TLFC Family Law team have a breadth of experience across all aspects of parenting matters and will work with you to ensure that your child(ren) are safe and appropriately cared for in a manner that is consistent with their best interests, and that is practical and sensitive to the needs of each individual child.


We are able to assist with complex parenting matters involving recovery, location, relocation and international parenting matters (including parenting matters involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction).


One of the more complicated considerations in parenting matters is where one, or both, parents are seeking to relocate with the child(ren), whether that relocation be a significant intra-state relocation, interstate relocation or overseas relocation.


Relocation applications can, for obvious reasons, have significant impacts on the ability for children to foster a meaningful and significant relationship with both parents. The balance between the freedoms of one parent to move if they wish and the rights of a child to be able to see both parents regularly is often very hard to achieve. Judges of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia often remark that these are the most arduous of cases they have to decide. However, as is common in Family Law matters, the outcome of each individual case turns on the specific facts of that family situation.


If you or your former partner are considering a significant relocation which may impact on your child(ren)’s relationship and ability to spend time with the other parent, and you do not have the consent of the other parent to relocate, it is important that you seek advice regarding your relocation and the impact of same on your child(ren).


We are well placed to assist you with matters involving complex parenting, relocations, including international and applications pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.


For assistance with parenting arrangements and child support, contact Justine Clark, Brynne Allen or a member of our family law team. Call us on 03 8600 9333 to make an appointment.