Family law words explained
Accredited family law specialist – solicitors who have satisfactorily completed an advanced study program through the Queensland Law Society in family law.
Affidavit – a written statement by a party or witness. It is the main way of presenting the facts of a case to the court. An affidavit must be signed before an authorised person (such as a lawyer or Justice of the Peace) by way of swearing on the Bible or attesting to the truth of the contents of the statement.
Consent order – an agreement between the parties that is approved by the court and then becomes a court order.
Custody – the “old” word for what is now called “parenting orders”. It is an arrangement whether under a court order or by voluntary agreement as to where the child shall live.
Parenting Plan – a written agreement between the parties setting out parenting arrangements for children. It is not approved by or filed with a court.