We understand that on separation or divorce, the first thing on our client’s minds is what whether they will see their children and how their children will manage the change.
Children of all ages can feel the impact of their parents separating or conflict in the home. Even if they don’t tell you about it, they are likely to worry about what will happen when you begin living separately.
The Court will place children’s best interests at the centre of any decision about where they are to live and with whom they will spend time. We reflect that approach in our advice to you. Where it is safe to do so, it is almost always in children’s best interests to have an ongoing relationship with both parents and both sides of the family.
We have been helping parents & grandparents for years, guiding them through every step of what can be a rocky journey. Children usually benefit from a settled and cooperative routine, so in many cases we can help you to agree a plan which works for everyone. We can correspond with your former partner or their solicitor; refer you to mediation or try to resolve the matter collaboratively.
In the event that Court proceedings are necessary we will guide you through the Court process and help to strategize and present your case in the right way so you get the outcome which works for you and your children.
Where CAFCASS and the Local Authority have been instructed to report; in cases where there are allegations of domestic violence or other serious safeguarding concerns, our team have a sensitive yet thorough approach. They are used to dealing with complex issues involving large volumes of disclosure from the police and other agencies.
We can advise in relation to:
- Who a child lives with and how much time is spent with each parent
- Steps to protect children where they are at risk from a parent
- Disputes about relocating children in the UK or abroad; where they will go to school or medical issues.
- Parental responsibility
- Change of child's name
Our aim is to look for a resolution that will work into your children’s teens and young adulthood to avoid future disputes as far as is possible. We encourage you to be mindful of how your child experiences arrangements between you and how they will look back on their childhood as an adult.
If you find yourself in a position of conflict, where your children may be affected, contact one of our Child Law specialists using the request a call back or make an enquiry options below.
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