Unfortunately when a marriage, civil partnership or relationship breaks down this can be an emotionally difficult time for adults, equally it can also be a very difficult time for children. Children can often be affected by relationship breakdown by either being caught in the cross fire of arguments or in the majority of cases the subject of arguments.
We have an experienced team of lawyers (including a mediator) to help you reach a child focused decision when considering what the arrangements should be for the time that your child or children spends with each parent or whom the child or children shall live.
In addition we can also help with resolving specific difficulties where there are disputes in respect of the children’s names or their schooling for example. 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 we can offer clear expert advice in relation to this.
Unless exceptional circumstances exist it is important for children to spend quality time with the other parent and retain links to their extended members of their family.
Either through negotiation, mediation or court proceedings we can help you resolve arrangements in relation to your children so that as far as possible they grow up without being affected by the difficulties of parent separation.
Jordans have specialised lawyers who have passed rigorous examination and testing to become members of the Children Panel so that they can offer you the best legal advice to help you and your family.
Frequently asked questions
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 discuss how we can help your children spend time with you.
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 to discuss whether your personal circumstances mean you qualify for Legal Aid.
Contacting a solicitor does not need to be daunting. For a free-consultation with a family law solicitor to find out how we can help, call 0330 300 1103 or request a call-back.