Goode & Goode 2006 FamCA 1346

The Appeal Court ruled that when no parenting orders have been issued by a court then parents may exercise their parental responsibility by making either an independent decision or a joint decision.  Once an order has been issued for equal shared parental responsibility then decisions about major long term issues affecting a child are to be made jointly by parents, where each parent is required to consult the other parent and to make a genuine effort to come to a joint decision about issues of concern, unless the judge makes a different arrangement.