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Parental Responsibility and High Conflict Parenting

The separation of parents is an emotional and confusing time not just for parents but also for children. It is important that children feel cared for and safe during this time and it is the responsibility of both parents ensure that these needs are met.

Sometimes in situations of high conflict between parents, there can be a focus on the rights of the parent. However, the Family Law Act 1975 does not focus on parental rights but rather on the rights of the child. Parents have responsibilities under the Act and one of these responsibilities is the responsibility to ensure the child is safe and maintains a positive relationship with both parents.

Courts make decisions concerning parenting orders based on the best interests of the child.