When you separate or divorce, it is a distressing and emotional time. If you have a child, this can be even more stressful and can regretfully lead to a ‘tug of war’ for the emotions of your child. Based in Caernarfon and serving the North Wales area, we are expert children’s law specialists, aiming to ease this stressful time as much as possible.
Children can all too often be the silent sufferers especially when their parents do not consider their needs as a priority. They are especially vulnerable when the stability in their young lives is disturbed, and it is important parents come to an agreement over childcare and contact arrangements as soon as is amicably possible.
However, breakups can and do become acrimonious and cause an unseen effect on children. If you simply cannot agree on what arrangements to put in place for your children or what you have agreed has broken down, then you can use a trained mediator to help you prioritise what is best for your children.
Sometimes the hurt and mistrust that follows a breakup prevents parents from agreeing ongoing arrangements for their children, If this is the situation you find yourself in then you may have to let the Family Court decide those arrangements for you.Free Consultation
Children’s Law Solicitors
The Family court can make orders about who a child shall live with and contact arrangements with the non-resident parent.
The Court will make its decision based on what is considered the best interests of the child with its welfare being of paramount consideration.
The Court starts by saying it’s in the child’s best interests to know both of its parents so if you are being denied contact by the other parent be assured the court will normally order contact to take place.
However, the court may take into account factors such as domestic violence when making an order and will consider anything that would put a child at risk of harm.
Specific Issue Order
The Court can also make what is called a ‘specific issue order’ when parents cannot agree for example:
- A decision as to what school children go to.
- What religion they should follow.
A Prohibited Steps Order
An example of this type of order may be preventing one parent from taking a child to live in another country.
If these are some of the problems you are experiencing then call us or contact us below for a free 30 minute consultation.Free Consultation