Relationship breakdown can be a stressful, upsetting and confusing time for children. As a parent you will undoubtedly want what is best for your children. There is a lot of terminology about arrangements for children when parents separate. The words ‘custody’, ‘access’, ‘residence’ and ‘contact’ are often referred to but whichever words are used, the main questions that need to be answered are usually:
1. Where will the children will live?
2. How often will the children spend time with each parent?
There are also other specific issues such as where the children will go to school and whether they should see extended family members. Sometimes one parent may wish to move abroad and arrangements need to be made to allow the relationship with the children to continue.
It is always best to find the answer to these questions between both parents without going to court. Our specialist lawyers can discuss this with the other parent’s solicitors and often court can be avoided.
If there is a dispute between you and the other parent that cannot be resolved, the courts can be asked to help make the decisions.
Whether the courts are involved or not, our expert family lawyers have the knowledge and experience to ensure that you are aware of your options all the time.
Why act now?
The sooner you contact us the quicker you will be able to take positive steps forward. It is particularly important, when there is a dispute, to take legal advice as soon possible. Acting now could mean that you have a better chance of achieving the best possible outcome for you whether this relates to divorce, separation, children, financial disputes, or domestic abuse.