Family Violence: Common Questions
Answers to common questions about family violence and court processes. Guidance on parenting orders and legal assistance available.
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We have written before about what family violence is. Now, we will answer some of the questions people often have about this important issue.
Do I need to tell the Court about family violence?

Yes, you must inform the Court about any family violence orders. These orders can impact Court decisions, especially those regarding a child spending time with a parent or other individuals. The Court aims to ensure that its orders do not expose people to family violence. When the Court is aware of a family violence order, it can make parenting orders that consider the situation, such as arranging for an independent person during handovers or specifying child-parent interactions at a children's contact centre.
Can I bring a support person to a conference or court appointment?

If you do not have a lawyer, you can bring a friend or support person to a court conference or appointment. However, the level of involvement will be at the discretion of the Registrar or Court Child Expert. During a hearing, you may also be allowed a support person, but the judge will decide on their participation.
Where can I get advice about court processes and parenting orders in cases of family violence?

If you need guidance on court processes and parenting orders related to family violence, consider scheduling a consultation with our lawyers at Genuine Legal. We provide personalised assistance tailored to your situation.
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What if a family law order conflicts with a family violence order?

The Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court may issue parenting orders inconsistent with state or territory orders. If you face such a situation, seek legal advice to understand your rights and responsibilities. The Family Court cannot provide legal advice but can guide you to legal help.
What is a child protection order?

Child protection orders are distinct from family violence orders and are issued by state children's courts when a child is believed to be in need of protection. However, children can sometimes be included in family violence orders made for a parent.
I am experiencing family violence and have a court case. Where can I get support?

If you are currently facing family violence and have a court case, our legal team is here to offer support. Reach out to us for advice, counselling, and referrals to help navigate through these challenging circumstances.
I have committed family violence and need help.

If you have been involved in family violence and need help, reach out to us at Genuine Legal. We are here to support you. You can schedule a private meeting with our lawyers to talk about your situation and get guidance on how to address and improve things.
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