Arrangements for Children after Parental Separation
When a couple with children separate, some of the most difficult and emotive issues revolve around the arrangements that will be made for their children.
With emotions running high, working out childcare arrangements that will meet a child's needs, provide stability and allow the child to spend proper time with both parents is not easy. Each family’s needs will be different.
Making Arrangements for Children
When a married couple divorce they must resolve the arrangements for their children before a divorce can be finalised.
Whilst unmarried couples generally have less legal protection when they separate, their rights and options to resolve issues regarding children are the same. Sadly even when agreements are reached, disputes can arise and matters can become very complicated. All parents, married or not can use mediation or apply to the courts to resolve disputes about their children. Fathers who are not named on their child’s birth certificate may need to apply for an order granting them shared parental responsibility.
Parent's may find it hard to decide where a child should live, how much time they should spend with each parent, whether they should meet a Parent's new partner, what school they should attend and whether a parent should be allowed to move a child away from the local area or even permanently abroad.
Mediation is always an option to try to resolve disputes about children and where parties can reach an agreement without the need for court proceedings this is always the best option. Sadly however, sometimes it is simply not possible to reach an agreement that is acceptable to everyone and the court will need to make orders to ensure that children have full relationships with both parents and that their needs are met.
Expert legal advice will help parents consider their options and understand the likely outcome of any court proceedings. Such knowledge may make reaching an agreement easier and will help prepare for any court proceedings.
Help with arrangements for children after separation
When instructed by both parties as a mediator, I can help parents work together to reach an agreement about arrangements for their children without the need of court intervention. Meeting in a neutral location, I can facilitate open and honest discussion about the needs of both parties and their children. I can help parents reach an acceptable agreement focused on meeting your children’s needs.
Where mediation is not appropriate, I can offer expert advice and representation. I have over 20 years experience in court proceedings concerning children. I can advise you on the legal aspects of your situation, the options available to you and the likely outcome of any proceedings. As a barrister I am used to presenting court cases in a robust fashion using arguments based on the facts of your own personal circumstances to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your children.
For more information about my services when it comes to arrangements for children, whether through mediation or the courts, please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss things further.
For expert advice on arrangements for children after separation, please contact me on 0207 993 7777 or Email: email@example.com