WHY DO YOU NEED CONSENT ORDERS FOR KIDS?
Dear Reader, For a lot of families a verbal agreement is fine and will work if you are reasonably amicable, able to communicate, and trust each other.
What goes wrong with verbal agreements though is uncertainty, and misunderstanding as to what really was agreed. The biggest problem is that if it all goes pearshaped, a verbal agreement is not legally binding or enforceable.
A consent order is binding on parties and it can be enforced if necessary. It provides certainty for children. For more information, the Family Court has a very helpful ‘kit’ that you can look at if you want to have a go filing it yourself. Go to www.familycourt.gov.au – application for consent orders.
As always though, I recommend you get some legal advice about your agreement before you file it as there are some orders the court just won’t make, and also to make sure you have covered off on all the issues that might arise.
If you have any questions or concerns through this difficult time, get into contact with the team at Collier Lawyers today.