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Child Custody Lawyers Sydney

We give you the legal tools to guide you in making decisions regarding your children



Children are often the greatest concern of any parent going through a Separation or Divorce.

We understand this, and it’s why we aim for positive resolutions by pursuing the legal channels available to you.

It’s the role of a Child Custody Lawyer to alleviate the legal burden of Separation or Divorce, by providing professional representation for your interests. We, as practitioners, are also obliged to act in the best interest of children, and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously at Doolan Wagner.

We understand that your children’s best interests are also important to you, which is why you can feel confident that our advice will always be thoroughly and carefully considered.

We can help you with:

  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Orders
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support

Doolan Wagner are Sydney’s preferred child custody lawyers and are perfectly placed to represent the needs and interests of children and families.

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Two of our Accredited Family Law Specialists are also Independent Children’s Lawyers.

As Independent Children’s Lawyers the Court puts its faith in us in complex parenting cases each and every day.

You can therefore be confident that our highly experienced family law team will be able to assist you in any parenting case no matter what the issues may involve

Our practical and solution focused approach promises to secure you and your family the best possible future. We are experts in matters involving:

  • Sole parental responsibility
  • Relocation & Recovery Orders
  • Hague Convention
  • Substance abuse, mental health and psychiatric issues
  • Domestic violence & Child abuse
  • Children’s wishes
  • Blended families
  • Grandparents and other third party applications

How we can help you

In the past:-

  • We have helped parents reach an agreement about whether their child should attend a public or private school and how this should be funded. We understand that your child’s education can be extremely important to you. We are well experienced in helping parties with negotiating and formalising any agreement with respect to their child’s education and could do the same for you. If you are in a situation where your former partner does not wish to engage in negotiations with you, we can also help you by advising you on the other methods which are available to you to achieve the outcome that you desire.


  • We have assisted parents to reach an agreement on their child’s religious upbringing. We can also help you with ensuring that occasions of religious significance to you and your child are able to continue to be celebrated. Arrangements for special occasions including Christmas, Ramadan, Eid, Passover, Hanukkah or Diwali can be secured. We have also helped parents in circumstances where one parent is an atheist and has certain wishes in relation to their child’s upbringing. Whatever your situation or religious belief, we understand that this is a particularly important and sensitive matter and will assist you and guide you through it to help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your child.


  • We have represented clients in relation to the immunisation of their children and also the undertaking of medical procedures and the administration of certain medications.  If you are in a situation where you have to make certain decisions about your child’s medical therapies and/or surgeries we can help you. We understand that the decision you and your former partner must make in relation to your child’s health can be further complicated when you cannot reach an agreement. Our specialist family lawyers are experienced in dealing with these matters and can help you and your former partner reach a resolution which is in the best interest of your child. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot reach an agreement with your former partner in relation to your child’s medical treatment we can also help you seek an appropriate order from the Court.

When urgent action is required

We can take steps immediately to seek urgent orders from the court and if appropriate these orders can be sought on an ex-parte basis, i.e. without informing your former partner of those proceedings. This can occur in circumstances where your former partner has absconded with your child or in circumstances where your child’s safety and wellbeing is at serious risk.

Is supervision appropriate?

In some instances, it may not be possible for your child to spend time with their parent. Spending supervised time with the parent may be the only other option which is available. If this is your current circumstances then supervision can mitigate some of the risk which may be associated with your child spending time with their parent and also helps with organising some contact time between the child and their parent. Supervision can also provide a safety net guarding against serious allegations being made.

Type of supervision

Depending on your particular circumstances, supervised time can occur with the supervision of a relative, or by way of more formal arrangement such as through a contact centre.

Publically-funded contact centres

There are publically-funded contact centres, which provide professionally trained staff to supervise the time children spend with their parents. These contact centres generally have high security and keep detailed and objective notes of the visits. However, supervision through publically-funded contact centres generally can have long waitlists of approximately 6-months in some instances.

Private contact centres

Another option is to hire a private commercial contact supervision service. The private commercial contact supervision centres generally have shorter waiting periods and also can provide detailed reports of each supervised visit.


Both private and public contact centres will require you to disclose certain information and complete an application before an assessment is made as to whether the contact centre can facilitate the contact. It is important that you provide full disclosure to allow the contact centre to make an objective and accurate determination as to whether it can facilitate the contact.

How we can help

We can help you formalise any arrangements in relation to supervision. We can also help you identify various contact centres which may be appropriate to your situation and help with the process of making the contact arrangements.

Are you worried or concerned?

Child Custody often touches on very challenging issues, such as domestic violence, mental illness, controlling behaviour and general fears. At Doolan Wagner, we are experienced in appropriately handling these difficult situations. Be assured, we can help you, but first we need you to get in contact.


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