Can one parent change a child's school without the other's consent?

Can one parent change a child

Navigating family law issues remains the biggest challenge facing leaders in Australia’s schools, early results from The Educator’s school law survey show.

Every family law matter or dispute between parents is “a unique situation involving specific personalities and issues”, and school leaders need to manage them delicately while remaining legally compliant is the advice of Nathan Croot, Senior Associate, Emil Ford Lawyers, who will be at the upcoming Educator Leaders Summit in Sydney.

He will be providing guidelines and tips on:

  • What degree can principals exercise discretion in family law matters?
  • The intersection between child protection procedures, court orders and privacy law
  • What should a school do when a separated parent without a binding court order attempts to collect a child from school?
  • What to do when a contact parent arranges for a new partner to collect the child from school without the other parent’s consent?
  • What to do if a student refuses to go home with a contact parent
  • Whether a parent can refuse consent for a student to attend a residential excursion?

This and other thorny legal compliance issues will be dealt with in the Legal stream of the Summit. To find out more about the Summit, click here.

Super Saver discounts are now available for the event. And all access passes will ensure The Educator readers gain full access to the Leadership and Legal sessions.

The Educator Leaders Summit will be held at the Dockside Sydney on Friday 17 August.