Does the Family Court treat blended or step families differently to other families?
Blended and step families are increasing in number in Australia as second marriages increase in number.
Blended and step families have some particular challenges.
Making arrangements for children to spend time with parents who live away, while trying to make sure children also spend time with step-parents and step-siblings can be challenging and sometimes more difficult because of the number of relationships involved.
The Family Court will always make orders they think are in the Best interests of the child.
This means that the Court will try to balance out the need for children to be safe, the need to spend time with each parent and the need to develop relationships with other siblings and other adults significant to the children's lives.