Divorce Children Arrangements – the paramount consideration for all parents is to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to care for and support their children.
Sadly, it is not always possible for a couple to reach an agreement about what is best for their family. We can offer advice on the arrangements for the children, we can also help, should difficulties arise in connection with parental responsibility, education, religious upbringing and holidays.
On occasions other family members such as grandparents and step-parents may benefit from our advice where they wish to continue their role in the child’s life.
We can also offer practical advice relating to child maintenance and other financial considerations such as school fees and the cost of further education.
It is our experience that in cases where it is not possible to reach an agreement a referral to a family mediator can help to resolve the issues. We work closely with local mediators and family support services.
What if we can’t agree where the children will live?
In some cases it will be necessary to involve the Court. The main Order that will be applied for is a Child Arrangements Order. These Orders replace Contact and Residence Orders and they deal with the day to day arrangements for children. Before applying to the Court (except in very limited circumstances) it is necessary to have an initial assessment with a family mediator to see if family mediation can be arranged as a way of avoiding going to Court.
At Hansells, our team of family law specialists will work hard to find you a solution to any difficulties arising in connection with the children but should Court proceedings be necessary in your circumstances we will support and guide you through the process.
The other two types of Order that can be applied for are Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Step Orders. If a parent applies to Court for a Specific Issue Order they will be asking the Court to make a decision in relation to a particular point in dispute, for example in relation to a child’s religion or schooling. A Prohibited Steps Order prevents a parent from taking a certain course of action for example removing the child from the jurisdiction.
How much will it cost?
Because each family’s circumstances are unique it is unlikely that we will be able to offer a fixed fee in connection with Court proceedings relating to a child but a clear estimate of the likely fees that will be incurred will be provided at the outset. Please contact a member of our family law team to talk through the issues in further detail.