Consent orders have the same legal effect as if they had been made by a judicial officer after a court hearing. You need to be aware of how they affect you, your children and your finances.
A consent order is a written agreement that is approved by a court and can cover parenting arrangements for children as well as financial arrangements such as property and maintenance. An understanding of how they work is essential when dealing with them. Any person concerned with the care, welfare and development of a child can apply for parenting orders.
The Court must be satisfied that the orders you ask for are in the best interest of the child. Understand how Consent Orders work with our Fact Sheet.