Rachel represented a Father where a previous order was in place, which allowed for the child’s time to be split equally between the parents under a shared care arrangement.
During the first year of the order being in place, the Father had care of the child for over three quarters of the time despite the fact that he was working and the Mother was unemployed. He had also discovered that the Mother’s current partner had issues with drugs and had introduced her to drugs.
Rachel supported her client through his application for the previous order to be revisited on the basis of his concerns and that he was, in fact, the child’s primary carer.
The Court decided that the child should live with the Father under a Child Arrangements Order and spend time with the mother on four days every fortnight.