Where the parents of a child divorce or end their relationship they must agree how their child will be cared for. This includes who the child will live with, when and how often the child will see the other parent and the making of key decisions about the child’s future.
This may be best achieved with an informal agreement, where we can help the parties reach a compromise and avoid the stress of going to court. Negotiation through solicitors can help clients reach an agreement, or alternatively Mediation can provide an out-of-court solution. While these informal arrangements are not legally binding, they enable parties to focus on achieving an amicable and fair solution.
If necessary the court can be involved by way of a court order, where the welfare of children is put first.
We can help you obtain court orders concerning:
- Arrangements for your child: who they should live with, and arrangements for spending time with the other parent (a Child Arrangements Order, formerly known as either a contact/access order, residence order or custody order).
- Preventing certain steps from being taken: e.g. relocating with a child or removing the child (a Prohibited Steps Order).
- Specific issues relating to the child: e.g. which school they should go to (a Specific Issue Order).
- Who should have parental responsibility for the child: (a Parental Responsibility Order).
If your matter concerns the welfare of children and relates to the involvement of Social Services please see our Child Care page.