Parenting orders and impact on children

  • Family violence and children (2021).

    Open via Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website.

    This webpage provides information about the effects of family violence on children and parenting behaviours, the protective factors for children, and risks to children on separation. It also provides contact details for help and advice organisations.

    It states – “Examples of situations that may constitute a child being exposed to family violence include (but are not limited to):

    • overhearing threats of death or personal injury by a member of the child’s family towards another member of the child’s family, or
    • seeing or hearing an assault of a member of the child’s family by another member of the child’s family, or
    • comforting or providing assistance to a member of the child’s family who has been assaulted by another member of the child’s family, or
    • cleaning up a site after a member of the child’s family has intentionally damaged property of another member of the child’s family, or
    • being present when police or ambulance officers attend an incident involving the assault of a member of the child’s family by another member of the child’s family.”
    The long-term impact of family violence on children is also discussed, and examples of the impacts of family violence on babies and toddlers, school-aged children and adolescents are listed.
  • Guidelines for Independent Children’s Lawyer (2021).

    Open via Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website.
    Open via Family Court of Western Australia website.

    This document is intended to provide guidance to the Independent Children's Lawyer (ICL) in fulfilling his/her role. The Guidelines have also been issued for the purposes of providing practitioners, parties, children and other people in contact with the family law courts, with information about the courts' general expectations of ICLs. The Guidelines set out these expectations as they relate to children in circumstances where allegations of child abuse and/or family violence are made, children from culturally and linguistically diverse families and communities, children with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and where applications arise for the authorisation of special medical procedures and other orders relating to the welfare of children.
  • Family Violence Best Practice Principles – December 2016.
    Open via Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website.
  • Lighthouse.

    Open via Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia website.

    This document explains the role of Lighthouse in the Court’s response to cases which may involve family violence.

    “The Courts are leading the way in helping families that have experienced family violence and other safety risks to navigate the family law system. Lighthouse plays a central role in the Court’s response to cases which may involve risk relating to family violence, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse and child abuse and neglect, by shaping the allocation of resources and urgency given to such cases.”

    The three parts of Lighthouse are:

    • Screening (using the Family DOORS Triage risk screening process);
    • Triage and case pathways; and
    • Case management (including referral to the specialist Evatt List in certain registries).
    Lighthouse operates in the family law registries in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Dandenong, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Newcastle, Parramatta, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville and Wollongong.