Children & Parenting
Families can be complex and diverse and often do not fit a conventional mould. We have extensive experience working with the many different types of family issues that can arise.
As a parent you will have to make difficult decisions about your children whilst you go through a separation, and afterwards. Often it is difficult to agree on the best way forward with your partner. We are sensitive to these issues, and have many years of experience in helping parents to resolve their disputes in the best possible interests of the children.
We also offer assistance through our mediator Adrian Clarke to those parents who wish to explore the issues together and look to find an outcome they both believe is right for the children.
These are often the biggest issues facing parents who separate. If you and your partner cannot agree which of you your children should live with, or how often each of you should see the children, or how parental responsibility should be exercised, then either parent may apply to the court for a decision.
Sometimes one parent wants to take the children abroad to live. The consent of the other parent is needed to do this. If this becomes an issue, the parents may need help from the courts.
If you and your partner cannot agree about financial or other arrangements that affect your children, either of you can apply to the court to decide any issue about the children’s care and wellbeing and financial provision can also be sought. For example, you may disagree about which school your child should go to, or whether your child should have a particular course of medical treatment.