Equal Shared Parental Responsibility requiring consultation on the Big 5 Major Long Term Issues for Children
If a Court makes an Order for Equal Shared Parental Responsibility, then the parents must consult each and at least try or attempt to make decisions jointly about ‘Major Long Term Issues’ for their children.
The ‘Major Long Term Issues’ for a Child are sometimes referred to as “the big 5” as they cover five different areas.
‘Major Long Term Issues’ for a Child are defined to include decisions as to:
- the child’s education (both current and future); and
- the child’s religious and cultural upbringing; and
- the child’s health (including for example a decision to immunise or not immunise); and
- the child’s name; and
- changes to the child’s living arrangements that make it significantly more difficult for the child to spend time with a parent.
Major long term decisions for a Child should not be confused with decisions about day to day issues for a Child.
Usually the parent who has the care of the Child on that day, will be responsible for decisions about the day to day welfare of the Child while the Child is in their care. Read more in our information sheet Who makes the long term, short term and day to day decisions for the Child.
If the Court makes an Order for equal shared parental responsibility, that does not mean the parents must consult each other about every minor issue relating to the day to day welfare of a Child.
If equal shared parental responsibility applies and a parent does not consult the other parent (and make a genuine effort) in relation to a major long term issue, then they may be in breach (contravention) of the Parenting Order made by the Court.
More Information on Child’s Time with Parents & Parental Responsibility
We also have the following Fact Sheets which will provide you with more information on this topic:
- What is Shared Care or Equal Time and will it apply to us
- What is Substantial and Significant Time and when does it apply
- What is Parental Responsibility and What types of Parental Responsibility Orders do Courts make
- What is Equal Shared Parental Responsibility
- When does Equal Shared Parental Responsibility apply
- What does Sole Parental Responsibility mean
- When will Sole Parental Responsibility be Ordered
- Who makes long term, short term and day to day decisions for the Child
- What are the major Long Term Issues that must be made by parents with Shared Parental Responsibility
- What are Grandparents Rights to see their Grandchildren
- Mediation Requirements before Court Proceedings
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All Topics in the Child Issues Section
- Types of Parental Responsibility Orders
- Child’s Time with Parents: Shared Care or not
- Grandparents: Rights to see Grandchildren
- Documenting a Parenting Agreement
- Best Interests of the Children
- Relocation of a Parent with a Child
- Change of a Child’s Surname
- Child Passports & Overseas Travel after Separation or Divorce
- How to change a Final Parenting Order previously made by the Court
- International Child Abduction