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Parenting arrangements after separation

Parenting Arrangements After Separation

In October 2019 the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) released a report with statistics on parenting arrangements after separation.

We’ve compiled some of the more interesting statistics below.

The ways that parents decided the arrangements for their children

Discussion with other parent/”just happened”:  80%

Mediation or lawyer:  16%

Court:  3%

Following separation, the division of time between parents regardless of whether went to court or not

Child with mother 66% or more/father 34% or less:  73%

Child between 35% & 65% with each parent:  21%

Child with mother 34% or less/father 66% or more:  5%

Where matters go to court, the division of time between parents

In cases where a Judge made a decision

  1. Child with mother 66% or more/father 34% or less:  64%
  2. Child between 35% & 65% with each parent:  17%
  3. Child with mother 34% or less/father 66% or more:  19%

In cases where court proceedings started but resolved by agreement

  1. Child with mother 66% or more/father 34% or less:  75%
  2. Child between 35% & 65% with each parent:  15%
  3. Child with mother 34% or less/father 66% or more:  10%

In cases where parties agreed & filed an Application for Consent Orders

  1. Child with mother 66% or more/father 34% or less:  64%
  2. Child between 35% & 65% with each parent:  33%
  3. Child with mother 34% or less/father 66% or more:  4%
In all the cases of court orders
  • 3% of children had orders where they spent no time with their father
  • 2% of children had orders where they spent no time with their mother
  • 4% of children had orders where time with a parent was supervised

Most cases that went to court had allegations of one or more complicating factors e.g. physical violence, emotional abuse, concerns for safety (parent and/or child), mental health issues and substance misuse.

For a full copy of the AIFS go to Parenting arrangements after separation: Research Summary.

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