Disputes involving children
If you and your partner are going through separation and you have children, you will probably be very worried about how the process will affect them. How will they feel? How will it affect them at school, or in later life? More immediately, who will they live with and when will they see their other parent? Our family law team can support you and offer expert advice on a range of issues that will affect you and your children, including:
- Where children should live (known as ‘residence’ in legal terms)
- Who the children should see and when (‘contact’)
Divorce and separation can be very difficult to come to terms with, especially when children are involved. We have practical and legal experience in this area and can help you reach an agreement that works best. If you are a grandparent, and are worried about what will happen to your relationship with them as a result of the separation, we can give you expert advice based on our experience in handling cases involving:
- Contact and residence for wider family members and Adoption orders
We can assist you through the process of mediation and negotiation to come to an agreement that meets your children’s needs without causing anger and bitterness between you and your partner. An agreement made by both of you, that is in the best interests of the children, will usually work better and cause less stress and tension than an arrangement that is forced on you by the courts. We can help you and your partner find an arrangement that will work for both of you and the children. However, we do know that sometimes it is not possible to mediate or even negotiate, and in those circumstances we have the knowledge and experience to represent you and ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for you and your children.
We will support you through the process and give you advice about what is likely to happen and how long things will take. We understand you are likely to be anxious about how court proceedings may affect your children and we will do everything we can to support you and your children through any issues that may arise.