Agreeing the parenting issues amicably
When a relationship breaks down, it can often be the case that the children feel the separation keenly. This can be the hardest issue for you to deal with. Our expert team of family lawyers can help guide you through this very difficult time.
We will assist you in deciding where the children should live and working out arrangements for them to spend time with their other parent regularly (previously called contact). We do everything we can to discourage conflict over your children which can adversely affect them. We promote a collaborative, conciliatory and constructive approach in resolving these sensitive family matters.
What if you can't agree?
It would be necessary for the Courts to decide on your behalf in Children Act proceedings. We can take you through Court proceedings to achieve what is in the best interests of the children.
The Court's paramount consideration is for the welfare of the child, every other consideration is secondary. So the Court will decide on the basis of what the Judge thinks is best for the child. The Court will make decisions and Orders about:
- Who the child is based with (formerly known as residence or custody)
- The time the child spends with the other parent (formerly known as contact or access)
- Parental responsibility (all the responsibilities a parent needs to make decisions on behalf of a child)
- A specific issue concerning the upbringing of a child, e.g. attending a particular school
- The financial provision for the child’s education or housing
- A prohibitive step preventing a specific action occurring without the consent of the Court such as one parent taking a child out of the country without the consent of the other.
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