Family Dispute Resolution

In the Best Interests of the Children – What the Family Law Act Says

When a court is making a parenting order, the Family Law Act requires it to regard the best interests of a child as the most important consideration.  Parents must also use this principle when making parenting plans.  CMP practitioners apply the following guidelines to all agreements.

Children have a right to know both of their parents and be protected from harm.

Parenting is a responsibility that should be shared, provided this does not put children at risk.

Research shows that parents & children benefit when parenting arrangements after separation are resolved outside the court system (Family Dispute Resolution / Mediation).  The practitioners at CMP support this research and outside experts such as Child Inclusive Practitioners are consulted if necessary to ensure all agreements are in the best interests of the children.