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Family Forum: Altering an intervention order for son

Family Forum advises on altering an intervention order for a son, read on…

QUESTION:

I have had an Intervention Order on my ex-partner for two years now. We have a beautiful son too that has been asking to see his dad, but he is on the order too. How can I get the order changed where he can have that contact?

ANSWER:

In South Australia, Intervention Orders are issued for a wide range of reasons where there is a risk that, without the Order, abuse may occur. There is no requirement that an act of abuse has already occurred. The term “abuse” has a wide definition that extends beyond physical harm.

You should obtain legal advice in relation to your circumstances. The lawyer should be able to assist you to assess whether it is appropriate for there to be a variation in the Intervention Order and if such a variation may be possible.

It is important that you do not in any way breach an Intervention Order as significant consequences can apply. If you are unsure where to obtain legal advice, then you can contact the Legal Services Commission (phone 1300 366 424) or the Law Society of South Australia on (phone 08 8229 0200) who will be able to provide you with a list of names of some lawyers who may be able to assist you.

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