Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



30 March 2020

Elise Archer, Attorney-General

Shared parenting arrangements

The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is working to address the challenges faced by our community during the coronavirus pandemic.

These are difficult times and the impacts are being felt hard by Tasmanians and it is important that we all play our part.

During this period, there is enormous pressure on families, particularly those subject to shared parenting arrangements.

I want to clarify that the Courts expect that parents will comply with shared parenting arrangements and Family Court orders, but note that:

  1. if it is impossible to comply in these challenging times, remain calm, reasonable and sensible in trying to reach a compromise;
  2. if you can reach a compromise, put it in writing;
  3. there are services that can help you mediate;
  4. if not, the Courts are open to hear cases electronically.

While measures put in place by the Tasmanian Government to protect the community do restrict some movement, it is vital that parents act in the best interests of their children.



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