Family Law Related Issues

We know that some families experience breakdown. In meeting our obligations to students and parents, the Department of Education and Training relies on a number of basic principles. Among the most important is that schools' decisions in relation to family issues will be based on what is considered to be in the best educational interests of the child. Also of paramount importance is the continued effective and efficient operation of the school.

We do not believe that schools are the place to resolve family disputes. Nor should school staff be involved in such disputes.

We have developed detailed guidelines to help schools deal with family law related issues. The guidelines are designed to balance the obligations and responsibilities of parents with the legal obligations of the school and its staff.

Parents have a responsibility to advise the school immediately if any change to family circumstances occur which has the potential to impact on the relationship between the school and the parents and/or students.

If court orders are obtained by one or both parents, a copy of the orders should be provided to the school as soon as possible. The school's decisions will be consistent with the court orders.

Unless schools are informed otherwise (eg by providing with a copy of the court orders), they will assume that both parents retain a shared and equal parental responsibility for their children. This means that the school will recognise that each parent has equal duties, obligations, responsibilities and opportunities in relation to matters involving their children's education at the school.


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