Child custody arrangements Melbourne & Ballarat

When your relationship ends, looking after your children is your main concern. You will need to put in place child custody arrangements to make sure they’re protected.

Our experienced business advice lawyers can help you choose the best structure for your business both now and in the future.

Providing tailored advice on child custody

Even if your separation is amicable, deciding where your children live, how often you get to see them and who pays for their schooling and needs can be difficult. Our family lawyers can explain what your rights are under family law and the process for child custody arrangements.

How to care for children after a separation

You want the best for your children and the law is designed to make sure they’re cared for and protected. Regardless of whether you’re married, de facto or in a relationship with someone else, both parents have a responsibility to care for their children after separation. Your family lawyer can help you create a parenting plan that outlines who is responsible for all aspects of your children’s care including their schooling, what religion they’re raised with and who makes decisions about their health.

Child custody

Every family is different, so there’s no set rules about who your children will live with or how often you can see them. Many couples agree what these arrangements will be on their own, while others may need the help of a mediator or a court.

Our Family lawyers can help you understand your rights and draft your parenting agreement. If there’s a disagreement about your child custody arrangements our solicitors can also represent you and ensure you have a fair hearing.

Child support

Child support or child maintenance is financial support that parents pay to look after their children. This can include cash or paying for things like school fees and clothes. There are two types of child support – a child support assessment or self-managed child support. A child support assessment involves a government agency or court telling you who must pay child support and how much they must pay. Self-managed child support is where you both agree who will pay child support and how much. You may get your lawyers to help you put this into a child support agreement.

MNG family lawyers can help irrespective of the complexity of your issue

Our family lawyers have over 20 years experience helping people just like you work out their child custody arrangements. We know that it’s an emotional and stressful time, so we take the time to listen to you, explain family law in plain English and outline your options. Once you decide what you want to do, we then take care of the formalities so you can focus on looking after your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can change your business structure if you find it no longer meets your needs. Depending on the complexity of your business and the structure you have and want to change to, changing how it’s structured can be relatively simple or may be quite costly.

While it’s not always essential that you have an agreement, for some business structures we recommend that you do have an agreement. For example, a partnership agreement would set out the rights and responsibilities of the partners. Similarly, a shareholders agreement sets out the obligations and rights of shareholders in a company. If you’re establishing a trust, you will need a trust deed to be drawn up.

Some business structures do require specific legal registrations. For example, a sole trader doesn’t have to register their business but a company must be registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). Regardless, if you have a business name that you use publicly it may be worthwhile registering your business name.

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