If the child’s other parent or guardian asks the court for a Parenting Order or an Order to Settle a Dispute between Guardians - you’ll be given a copy of their application. Other documents may be mailed to you. You’ll then be able to respond (defend the application) and have your say before the Order can be made.
If the court believes the situation is urgent, it can make an Interim Order straightaway and you’ll get to have your say afterwards before it becomes final.
If you don’t respond, the judge can make the final Order without hearing what you think.
If you decide to respond (have your say), you’ll need to fill in the forms, file them with the court and then serve them on the other people involved in the court case.
It’s free to respond.
You have a set time to ask the court not to make the Parenting Order or Order to Settle a Dispute between Guardians.
The set time is usually:
The court will tell you how many days you have to respond. It’s important that you check this because a judge can change the time for responding.
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