Hi, My partner and I have recently decided to separate. We've been married for three years and have a 9-month-old child. So far everything has been amicable and we've agreed on most things. However, I'm starting to get the vibe that this is changing and we are likely to head down the road of a difficult separation. My biggest concern is that my partner will use our child as a bit of a bargaining chip as they have loosely mentioned something along those lines before. I've done my research and I know that I am offering more than I am obligated to pay through Centrelink as a child support payment and offered no claim to the family home. If it does become messy and they start to use our child as a bargaining chip, what rights do I have to have access to our child under Family Law? From what I have read elsewhere, it's best for them to stay with their mother full time up until the age of 1. But is there any legal obligation that she would have to allow me access to our child?