Family Court of Western Australia

Examples of parenting orders

These are general examples only.

You should take legal advice before seeking orders.

Where the children live

1 The children Jack Smith born on 25 January 2004 and Jill Smith born on 8 April 2006 live with the wife/husband/mother/father.

Parental responsibility

2 The husband and the wife/The father and the mother have equal shared parental responsibility for the children; or

The wife/husband/mother/father has sole parental responsibility for the children.

Time spent with the children

You can request an order that lets you agree the contact hours with the other parent, or the times can be defined in the order.

Time as agreed between the parties

3 The wife/husband/mother/father spend time with the children as agreed between the parties.

Or

Defined times

Note – These are provided as examples, but orders can specify any times that are reasonably practicable and are in the best interests of the children. There is no need to specify times if you feel you can work these out with the other party. In this example the children live with the husband and spend time with the wife.

4 The children Jack Smith born on 25 January 2004 and Jill Smith born on 8 April 2006 spend time with the wife as follows:

(a) Each alternate weekend from 9am on Saturday until 5pm on Sunday, extending to 5pm on Monday if the weekend is a long weekend.

(b) The weekend time described in paragraph (a) be suspended during school holiday periods.

(c) Each year from 5pm on the Saturday until 5pm on the Sunday of the Mothers’ Day weekend, if that time is not already provided for under this order.

(d) The weekend time described in paragraph (a) be suspended on the weekend of Fathers’ Day each year from 5pm on the Saturday until 5pm on the Sunday.

(e) One half of each of the school holiday periods at the conclusion of Terms 1, 2 and 3 each year, commencing at 5pm on the Friday of the last week of term.

(f) The expression “school holiday period” in this order means the period from 5pm on the last day of the school term to 5pm on the day immediately before the start of the next term.

(g) Three weeks during the Christmas school holidays each year, commencing at 9am on the first Saturday in January.

(h) Each alternate Christmas from 5pm on 24 December until 10am on 26 December, commencing in 2006.

(i) Each intervening Christmas from 10am on 26 December until 10am on 28 December, commencing in 2007.

(j) Each alternate Easter from 5pm on Thursday until 5pm on Monday, commencing in 2008. If Easter falls during the school holidays at the conclusion of Term 1, the time shall form part of the wife’s time for that holiday.

(k) On the children’s birthdays each year from 9am to 2pm, provided the birthday does not fall on a school day.

(l) Telephone calls for up to 15 minutes on each of the children’s birthdays if the birthday falls on a school day.

(m) Telephone calls for up to 15 minutes each Wednesday, with the mother to initiate the call between 6pm and 7pm.

(n) The wife collect the children from the husband’s residence at the start of these times and return them to his residence at the end of these times.

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Last updated: 16-Apr-2018

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