Dedicated expertise in Children law.
One of the most heartbreaking aspects of any break up is the impact on the children.
It’s hard for parents too. One parent may feel devastated and bereft at being without his or her children for much of the week, while the other feels overwhelmed and without support.
At a time when feelings are running high, it’s all too easy for children to be caught in the cross-fire, and for parents to fight out their battles through their children.
Calm, detached advice can help. Most parents eventually succeed in agreeing arrangements for their children, and the most successful arrangements tend to be those parents have worked out between themselves, if necessary after taking advice.
In a few cases, when agreement is impossible on an important issue, the court may have to be asked to intervene. Our advice is aimed, first of all, at helping you to negotiate solutions, so that an application to court is not needed. We can also advise you on alternatives to court.
Where an application to court has to be made, we will help you to explain your case to the court so that the judge understands clearly what you want and why. The most common applications are for residence orders (where the child is to live) and contact orders (about seeing the other parent).
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Frequently Asked Questions
I want to make an application about my children but I know I can’t afford the costs.
There are a number of options we can discuss with you. We often provide advice and assistance to parents who are acting in person.
What is a reasonable amount of contact for me to have with my children?
There are common patterns of contact and these correspond with the orders commonly made by the courts. However, what is reasonable will depend on your individual circumstances.
The children live with me but I don’t trust my ex-partner and I would like a residence order to be on the safe side.
The court will only make an order about the children if one is needed, because there is a dispute that has to be resolved. However, if there is a real threat to the children, the court will act to protect them.
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