The paramount consideration of the court continues to be the best interests of the child. Parental issues dealt with by the court include shared parental responsibility, violence, status quo, wishes of the child, parentage testing, adoption, taking a child overseas and supervision orders.


Noah Eidelson


Kamalini Jayasena

Deputy Managing Lawyer, Child Support Legal Service, Victoria Legal Aid

More information about parental responsibilities and child support

The Legal Practitioner’s Guide contains precedents for child support agreements and court orders. This guide was jointly produced by the Family Law Council, the Family Law Department of the Law Council of Australia, and Services Australia (formerly the Australian Government Department of Human Services) in 2008.

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