The end of their parents relationship creates a difficult time for children. Worse, children often blame themselves when their parents separate and divorce.
Divorce is damaging for children. If their parents openly argue over the arrangements for them this makes the children feel bad, guilty or disloyal to one or other of their parents. They experiencing stress, feeling miserable and lost.
It is preferable for parents who are separating or divorcing to reach agreement between them. There is a no order principle in which the Courts will not make an order unless it considers it is in the child’s best interests to do so.
At Bastows, our child law solicitors have a vast amount of experience in dealing with all issues relating to child law including residency, relocation and international child law. We will work with you to negotiate an agreement with your ex-partner in order to achieve the best possible outcome for your children.
If an agreement cannot be reached, there are many different options available including family mediation or court application. If you are applying to the courts, there are many different orders a court can make, which include contact orders, residence, specific issues, prohibited steps and parental responsibility.
In respect of child maintenance, the Courts do not have jurisdiction for the majority of families and if agreement cannot be reached an application to the Child Maintenance Service may be necessary.
Maintenance for children is now governed by a set formula and the Child Maintenance Service encourages parents to reach agreement based upon their figures and pay each other direct. However, they will make collections if required.
It is of the utmost importance that you get the right advice as early in the process as possible as any delay could have a negative impact on arrangements for the children in future. To find out more or discuss your requirements, please call our child law solicitors on 02380 236025 and a member of our team will be happy to help you.