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Clients often ask us ‘is it possible for me to obtain full child custody?  I am worried about leaving the children with my ex.’

Sometimes it is appropriate for children to remain living exclusively with one parent.  It may be the case that if one parent is violent or has serious mental health problems or serious difficulties with drug or alcohol abuse it is not safe for children to be left in that parent’s care.  Family law works to ensure that children are safe and protected from abuse – both physical and emotional.

However in most cases ‘full child custody’ for one parent is not best for children.   As long as children are safe then they have a right to a meaningful relationship with each of their parents.  The law is clear that a ‘meaningful relationship’ includes the opportunity for children to spend time with each parent on weekends and weekdays as well as on special occasions and holidays.

However there are no set formulas or rules about the time that children spend with each parent!

We can help you try and work out the best arrangement.  There are a range of options – negotiation, mediation and if necessary court action.

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Family law situations can be complex and sometimes they can involve serious issues.  Information outlined is proposed to provide general guidance only. Due to the seriousness of legal matters as well as the uniqueness of your individual situation, professional advice should be sought. For advice, please contact one of our Family Lawyers.