Parenting matters are focused on determining what is in the best interests of the children.
Pursuant to Section 61DA there are 2 areas to take into consideration regarding the best interests of child/ren; “primary” considerations and “additional” considerations.
The child/ren’s meaningful relationship with both parents. Protecting the child from physical/psychological harm.
The child’s views can be taken into consideration depending on their level of understanding. Their relationship with each parent and other relatives. The parents willingness to encourage a relationship with the other parent. Any practical difficulty for a child spending time with the other parent. Any other factor that the Court deems relevant.
A court has to take into account the degree to which each parent has previously met their responsibilities
A court must take into account the circumstances since the separation.