Change or cancel an Order

A Parenting Order and an Order to Settle a Dispute between Guardians can be changed (varied) or cancelled (discharged) if it is no longer working or no longer needed.

There must be a good reason to change or cancel the Order. For example, one of the parents might be moving to another city.

How to change or cancel an Order

If the Order is less than 2 years old you will usually have to ask a judge’s permission before applying to have it changed or cancelled. This is called asking for leave.

Contact your local court to ask for leave to apply

You don’t have to wait 2 years if you both agree with the change and so are asking for a Consent Order.

When you both agree with the change

If you already have a Parenting Order and you both agree to make a change to it, you need to get a Consent Order. You can do this in 1 of the following ways:

When you’re applying on your own

Use this process if the Order is more than 2 years old and you want to change or cancel it. You can also use this process if the Order is less than 2 years old and you want to ask the court for permission (leave) to apply to change or cancel it.

  1. For a Parenting Order, fill in this form: Parenting Order (external link)
    You’ll need to select ‘Parenting Order’ in the first box and ‘Change an existing Order’ or ‘Remove an existing Order’ in the second box.

    For an Order to Settle a Dispute between Guardians, fill in this form: Settle a Dispute between Guardians (external link)
    You’ll need to select ‘Settle a dispute between guardians’ in the first box and ‘Change an existing Order’ or ‘Remove an existing Order’ in the second box.


    Decide if you’re applying on notice or without notice. Choose without notice if violence is involved. The application will be looked at by a judge, who will decide whether to make the Order straight away before the other person gets to have their say. If you apply on notice, the other person will be given the chance to respond to your application before the court makes the Order.
    Find out more about urgent help and applying without notice

  2. File your application. You need to do this yourself. You can’t get a lawyer to file an application for a Parenting Order or an Order to Settle a Dispute between Guardians.
    Find out more about how to file documents

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