Children - care & contact
New South Wales

/Nsw/Children/nccc2.htx Parents' responsibilities


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Who is responsible?

The Family Law Act gives both you and the other parent equal responsibility for the welfare of your children.

These responsibilities are called - "parental responsibilities". There are four main principles:

  1. Children have a right to know and be cared for by both their parents. It does not matter whether the parents are married, living together, or even if they have never lived together.
  2. Children have a right to regular contact with both parents. This also applies to other people who are important to the child's welfare and development.
  3. Parents should share the duties and responsibilities for the care, welfare and development of their children.
  4. Parents should agree about the future parenting of their children.

Separation, divorce, or being remarried does not affect these principles.

These responsibilities end when a child turns 18 years, or if they marry before they are 18. Sometimes the responsibilities also end when a child is adopted.

What are my responsibilities?

The law does not define these responsibilities, but they could include:

Each parent shares all responsibilities until a particular responsibility is accepted solely by a person under a parenting plan or is ordered by the court under parenting orders.



Read this: This fact sheet is intended to be general information about the law in New South Wales. It is not substitute for legal or other professional advice. Lawscape Communications P/L does not accept responsibility for loss to any person, who either acts or does not act because of this fact sheet.

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