Resolution are a national group of family lawyers who are committed to finding non-confrontational solutions to dealing with issues following separation. From 26th – 30th November 2018, Resolution are raising awareness of how separating parents can limit the impact of conflict on their children.
It is vital, as a parent, to ensure that on separation children are reassured that they are still loved by both parents and that they can still maintain their daily routines. It is imperative that they are not caught in the cross-fires between separating parents.
To minimise conflict, it is important to have calm and non-confrontational discussions early on about where the children should live and what contact the children should have with the other parent.
There is no need to involve the courts if, following a relationship breakdown, the parents can agree on where and with who the children shall live, whether contact should occur with the other parent and for what duration.
It may be possible to reach an agreement directly or by using an experienced children mediator.
The problem arises when parents cannot agree.
If this applies to you, it is imperative you seek advice from a legal professional. It may be that you need to make an application to the Family Court for a Child Arrangements Order. This is an order made which regulates the children arrangements.
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, you may find yourself in a situation where you and your former partner simply cannot agree how time with the children should be divided. You may be asking yourself “where should the children wake up on Christmas Day?”, “who should they spend time with on Christmas Day/Boxing Day?” or “what will happen on New Year’s Day?”.
The Family Court can make decisions in respect of holidays. They can also make decisions about a whole range of other issues including what school the children should attend and the children’s surname.
There are advantages to obtaining a Child Arrangements Order. It allows you, your former partner and the children to clarify the arrangements which helps to limit any confusion and conflict.
Here at Geldards, we have acted for many parents and grandparents in helping them in these situations. If you wish to speak to us further, please do not hesitate to contact our Family Team.
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