About this fact sheet
This free fact sheet contains information on the law in Australia and making arrangements for the children after you have separated.
The law’s main concern is what is best for the children. This includes:
- protecting the children from violence or harm
- helping the children have relationships with both parents.
The law applies to all children, whether or not you were married.
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Reviewed 22 February 2024