When a marriage, civil partnership or relationship breaks down it can be an emotionally difficult time for adults. If there are children involved then it often introduces extra stress for both them and the parents. In many cases, children are affected by a relationship breakdown by either being the subject or caught in the crossfire of arguments.
We have an experienced team of lawyers for children (including a mediator) to help you reach a child-focused decision during a separation. Considering what the arrangements should be for the time your child or children spend(s) with each parent or who they will live with full-time can be a painful and complicated process.
What are children matters?
Children matters generally refers to the terms and arrangements for a separation in relation to any child(ren) involved in the case.
The main aspects relating to children matters that need sorting out during a separation are:
- Who the child will live with
- How and who will financially support them
- The amount of contact each parent is allowed
A Child Arrangements Order can be used to deal with many of the main issues, such as residence, contact, religion, school and holiday actions.
Resolving disputes surrounding children’s family law
During a separation, there can be various points of dispute regarding children. These usually revolve around their names, schooling and where they will live. If there is a risk of one parent moving away with the children – particularly where that move involves moving abroad and leaving England and Wales – our lawyers for children can offer clear, expert help and advice.
Unless exceptional circumstances exist, it is important for children to spend quality time with both parents and retain links to their extended members of their family. Either through negotiation, mediation or court proceedings, our children’s solicitors can help you resolve disputes and agree arrangements in relation to your children. This can help so that they grow up without being affected by the difficulties of parent separation as much as possible.
Contact Jordans children’s solicitors
At Jordans we have specialised children’s solicitors who have passed rigorous examination and testing to become members of the Children Panel. This ensures that they offer you the best legal advice to do with children’s family law to help you and your family.
For a free consultation with one of our expert children’s solicitors to find out how we can help, call 0330 300 1103 or request a call back below. We can help with children’s matters in Yorkshire and across the rest of the country.
Frequently asked questions about children matters
My ex-partner will not allow me to have access to my children. What can I do?
It is widely recognised that it is very important for children to maintain their relationships with both parents following a separation. It is usually regrettable if the breakdown of a relationship affects a child’s relationship with one of their parents.
Where possible, it is always best for the children and for you, if arrangements for your children can be agreed between you and the other parent. Mediation is often a helpful way of agreeing the arrangements for where children live or spend time. If you cannot agree, then it may be necessary to apply to court for a Child Arrangements Order (formerly called a Residence or Contact Order). Contact us to speak to one of our children’s solicitors to discuss how we can help your children spend time with you.
Do I qualify for legal aid to get custody of my children?
Legal aid is far more restricted than it once was. Jordans Solicitors are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency and, where it is still available, we can advise you whether you are eligible. Contact us by calling 0330 300 1103 or requesting a call back below to discuss whether your personal circumstances mean you qualify for legal aid.
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