Children Issues

Sadly many marriage and relationship breakdowns can result in bitterness.  It is of paramount importance to minimise any conflicts between mum and dad for the sake of any dependent children, as their security and happiness should be the main priority for any parent. A child needs 2 loving parents but does not need 2 homes.

Where possible, it is preferable for parents to reach an agreement in relation to the children between themselves.  We understand however that such important decisions are often difficult to make especially in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

In circumstances where matters cannot be agreed, then the court can be of assistance as there are a variety of orders available to deal with disputes that have arisen which cannot be resolved.  The court’s paramount consideration is what is in the best interests of the children.  On occasions the court will consider the wishes and feelings of older children where appropriate.  Often independent agencies such as Cafcass become involved in order to assist with disputes, narrow issues and give independent opinions to the court where disputes cannot be resolved.

There are a range of orders relating to issues and disputes concerning children under the age of 16. For example orders as to

  • Who the children should live with
  •  What sort of contact arrangement should be in place with absent parents
  • Whether there are disputes to be resolved about where a child should be educated or issues concerning a change of residence, name or health concerns.

Our family law department offers a highly skilled team of lawyers who will advise on the options available to you as a parent and will attempt to resolve any contested issues raised in relation to the children.  Court action in this area should be used as a last resort and the welfare of the children must remain the paramount consideration.

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