Child Custody Lawyers Gold Coast

Everything You Need To Know About Child Custody 

Sometimes relationships end, and it’s sad, messy, and frustrating for all parties. When there are children involved though, the process becomes even more complicated. You might have a few questions about the process of a child custody dispute, or you may be looking to challenge your ex-partner’s custody. Collective Family Law Group can provide you with a specialist child custody lawyer on the Gold Coast no matter what you’re looking for. We’re here to make decisions are made in the best interests of your child or children. Here are a few things you should know about child custody in Queensland.

How Does Child Custody Work? 

Every family is different and, therefore, will have unique arrangements following a separation or divorce.

  • Either parent can take custody of the children. No law dictates who should have custody of the children at the separation, so the parents need to determine their own arrangements.
  • A parenting plan can be arranged. If you and your ex-partner choose to go through mediation, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss the level of access each of you has to the children. This information is recorded into a parenting plan. If you can’t reach an agreement, then you may have to turn to the family courts.
  • Court orders may be issued. A court order is a document handed down by the family court that dictates the arrangement believed to be in the child’s best interests. They consider factors such as the child’s wishes, the child’s relationship with each parent, practical difficulties, the maturity of the child, family violence issues, and cultural issues, amongst other things.

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Custody

As expert child custody lawyers on the Gold Coast, the Collective Family Law team receives plenty of child custody questions. We’ve answered a few of the most common questions here.

  • I want sole custody of my child/children. How do I go about getting that?
    • You need to talk to a child custody lawyer on the Gold Coast. As every case is different, we’ll look at your individual situation and figure out how to get the best outcome for you and your kids.
  • Can I prevent my ex from seeing the kids? 
    • If there are issues such as violence or drug use, you are within your rights to withhold the children from your ex. However, if you’re preventing access because you’re angry, it will look bad when you apply for a court order. Wherever possible, we encourage our clients to allow their children to see both their parents regularly.
  • If I already have an arrangement with my ex, should we get it in writing?
    • You never know what the future holds, and it’s always a good idea to get child custody arrangements in writing. Even if you and your ex split amicably, it’s always best to speak to a family lawyer.
  • We have current arrangements in place, but they aren’t working anymore. How can I change the arrangement?
    • If you have a parenting plan in place, it may be as simple as renegotiating terms with your ex in mediation. However, if you have a court order, you need to convince the courts that there has been a significant change to the conditions of the initial order. Either way, it’s best to speak to a family lawyer before trying to change anything.
  • My ex isn’t adhering to our arrangement; what can I do?
    • You’ll need to speak to your family lawyer. If there’s no court order in place, consider applying for one. If there is an order and your ex is violating the terms, speak to your lawyer about taking action or varying the order.

Why Choose Collective Family Law Group?

If you’re looking for child custody lawyers on the Gold Coast you can trust, Collective Family Law Group can help.

  • We practice exclusively in family law. Many of our associates and senior lawyers at Collective Family Law Group have specialised exclusively in family law, giving them a unique edge over other law professionals in the industry. They’re passionate about delivering accurate, high-quality legal advice that you can rely on.
  • There’s not much we can’t do. From separation, divorce, and parenting matters to property settlement, binding financial agreements, and domestic violence, our legal team are experienced in all areas of family law.
  • Our results speak for themselves. We measure our results on the feedback we receive from our clients, as their happiness is our priority. We’re armed with the legal and practical knowledge to see you through a difficult time as simply and easily as possible.
  • We provide solicitor-free alternatives. If you’d like to settle your divorce as quickly as possible without taking it to court, you may want to try using Resolve Online. Collective Family Law Group’s director, Caralee Fontenele, designed this affordable online resource to guide people through the family law process at their own pace without having to spend money on legal fees. Resolve Online has short videos, workbooks, information sheets, checklists, and clear steps to help you work through your legal issue in the most efficient, affordable way.
  • We strive to keep our services cost-effective. Quality legal advice shouldn’t be prohibitively expensive, which is why Collective Family Law Group are dedicated to efficient and prompt resolution of family law matters. We offer free initial consultations and fixed fee services, so you’ll understand the costs from the very beginning.
  • We understand your situation. Most of our clients are going through challenging times, so we do our best to offer compassionate support through the family law process. Our family lawyers will take the time to listen to your story and provide you with the best advice for your unique situation.

If You Need A Child Custody Lawyer On The Gold Coast, Choose Collective Family Law Group

At Collective Family Law Group, our practice focuses exclusively on family law matters. We’re industry experts in all matters of family law, including but not limited to matters of separation, property settlement, domestic violence, financial agreements, divorce, and child support. We strive to provide quality legal services with a resolution-focused approach to our clients’ needs, and our team offer practical legal advice and solutions in a professional, approachable manner. If you need a child custody lawyer on the Gold Coast, contact Collective Family Law Group today.


We are committed to the efficient and prompt resolution of family law matters, in the most cost effective manner possible.

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