Is child custody impacted by dating?
The Australian Family Law Court is not concerned with the fact that either parent has re-partnered or dated another person following separation or divorce. The paramount principle applied to all decisions concerning children in the Family Court is what is in the best interest of the child.
Provided that the parent’s new partner poses no risk to the child, either physically or emotionally, the issue of one parent’s new dating or living arrangements should not have a negative impact upon any application for the child to live with that parent.
The facts of each case, however, must be individually determined.