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    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


In the realm of family law, the concept of the best interests of the child principle stands as a guiding beacon. As societies evolve and family dynamics shift, the well-being of our youngest members is held in the highest regard. In this article, we delve into the significance of the best interests principle, exploring its legal underpinnings, practical implications, and profound impact on the lives of children within family law proceedings.

Defining the Best Interests of the Child

At its core, the best interests of your child embodies the idea that in any decision, policy, or action related to children, their welfare and development should be the paramount consideration. It entails ensuring their physical, emotional, psychological, and social well-being, as well as safeguarding their fundamental rights. This principle serves as the cornerstone of family law across numerous jurisdictions globally, reflecting a commitment to prioritize the next generation’s welfare.

Factors Considered in Determining Best Interests

The determination of a child’s best interests is multifaceted, encompassing a range of factors that reflect the child’s unique circumstances. These factors can include:

  1. Child’s Views: Depending on their age and maturity, the child’s wishes and opinions may be considered to ensure their voice is heard.
  2. Physical and Emotional Needs: Courts assess each parent’s ability to provide a stable and nurturing environment that meets the child’s basic and emotional needs.
  3. Continuity and Stability: Maintaining consistency in the child’s routines, schooling, and social connections can play a pivotal role in their well-being.
  4. Safety and Protection: Ensuring the child’s safety, both physically and emotionally, is of utmost importance. Any history of abuse or violence is taken seriously.
  5. Sibling and Extended Family Relationships: Preserving relationships with siblings, grandparents, and other significant individuals in the child’s life is often considered.
  6. Cultural and Religious Considerations: Respecting the child’s cultural background and religious beliefs helps maintain a sense of identity and belonging.

The best interests of the child principle illuminates the path forward in the intricate landscape of family law. It underscores the importance of setting aside adult grievances and focusing squarely on the child’s holistic well-being. By cherishing and safeguarding the best interests of our children, we lay the foundation for a future that is stable, nurturing, and promising.

If you would like to talk to our Family Law Partner, Nicci Bilinsky about your children’s best interests, contact us to book an appointment on (03) 9481 2000 or info@tauruslawyers.com.au

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