Parenting orders made in either the Family Court or Federal Magistrates Court can do a number of things, including allocating parental responsibility, providing who a child is to live with, and specifying what time the child is to spend with his/her parents.
When a parenting order sets out specific times a child is to spend with one parent, and to live with the other parent, the orders create a positive obligation on both parents to comply with those arrangements. For instance, if the parent with whom a child lives fails to make the child available for the other parent at the times when the orders provide, then that parent is in breach of the orders.
An order made by a court must be complied with. Unfortunately, not all parents who are the subject of parenting orders realize this obligation.
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