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Communtity Law Manual | Parents, guardians & caregivers | Parents, guardians and caregivers

Parents, guardians and caregivers

Responsibilities and dispute processes under the Care of Children Act and other laws

What this chapter covers

  • About the Family Court
    An overview of the Family Court and its processes, including the types of cases it deals with
  • Guardianship of children
    Who a child’s guardians are, the responsibilities of guardians and the different types of guardians
  • Care arrangements when parents have separated
    Making your own agreement for day-to-day care (custody) of your children if you’re splitting up, and going to the Family Court for a parenting order if you can’t reach an agreement
  • Relocation disputes and international child abduction
    Resolving disputes with your ex-partner about where your child will live and what you can do if you’re worried your ex wants to take your child out of the country
  • Child support
    When a parent is responsible for paying child support and how the amount is calculated
  • Paternity
    How paternity (fatherhood) can be legally decided
  • Abortion (“Termination”)
    The rules around when you can get an abortion, including who makes the decision and how
  • Adoption
    Who can adopt and be adopted, the laws around consent and the court process for getting an adoption order
  • Other resources
    Where to get more information
Next Section | About the Family Court
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