When a relationship breaks down, often the first priority is for parents to make arrangements for their children. Consideration needs to be given to what living and contact arrangements need to be put in place if both parents no longer occupy the same home. This is not always easy to agree and when disputes arise between parents as to what the arrangements should be, our Solicitors can help.
What are the issues?
Our Solicitors have many years of experience dealing with difficult situations relating to children, including:
where they should live ("Residence")
how much time the child spends with each parent ("Contact")
what school they should attend
what medical treatment they should receive
what religion they should be brought up in
What are the Options?
Mediation is available to parents as a constructive way to try to agree arrangements concerning their children. It places the emphasis on the parents being able to communicate. It can help avoid conflict and court proceedings.
From 6th April 2011 parties are required (in most cases) to have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting before they can issue an applicaiton in respect of their children.
How we can help
Contact one of our solicitors to discuss the range of options available to you early on. Options can include "round table" meetings, mediation, collaboration and the Court process.
We offer an initial fixed price interview that clients find extremely informative and enables you to decide on the next step.
For further information you may find the following more detailed information useful: