Often we read about mental health from the perspective of having conditions that impair our mental health. There are thousands of articles with tips and tricks that are so beneficial for when we require assistance. However, what if we started thinking of our mental health as an ever growing and continual ‘object’ that we must work on to prevent mental illness and to be more aware of how capable we are in overcoming struggles as we know mental illness occurs suddenly or we are caught off guard.

At the time a married couple or de facto couple with a child separate, the parent who is caring for the child at the time has the day-to-day decision-making responsibilities concerning the child. Examples of this include what the child eats, when is their bedtime, what they watch on TV etc. In many instances however, there is minimal or no discussion had between the parties concerning who will make long-term decisions concerning the child’s care, welfare and development post separation. This is where the legal concept of “parental responsibility” applies.