On the breakdown of a relationship, it is not uncommon for disagreements to arise in relation to children. Usually, the areas of conflict will centre around the living arrangements for any child and/or how often they spend time with the ‘non-resident’ parent. Although it as an emotional time for all involved, the primary focus will be on the needs and best interests of the children.

It is always desirable for an agreement to be reached in relation to the arrangements of a child, however, this is not always possible.  An application for a ‘Child Arrangements Order’ may need to be made to the Court to help adjudicate on these issues. The Court’s key consideration will be the welfare of the children when deciding such matters. The usual stance adopted by the Courts is to recognise the importance both parents play in the upbringing of a child and to facilitate as much contact as is deemed reasonable.  There are, of course, exceptions to this – particularly where a parent or a third party may be regarded as a risk to the safety of a child.

If you and an ex-partner are unable to agree on a specific issues that affect your child, the assistance of the Court can be sought. Such issues can include the child’s medical care or educational needs. In addition, if your ex-partner has made a unilateral decision in relation to your child’s upbringing without your consultation and which prejudices or is likely to prejudice the needs/wellbeing of your child, you may be able to make an application to the Court for a ‘Prohibited Steps Order’ to prevent this from being implemented.

Fixed Fee First Meeting 

We offer a fixed fee half an hour appointment for clients at our offices during the course of which we provide advice on merits, courses of action available, procedures, timeframes and costs and will also endeavour to answer any specific queries you may have.  We will follow up that initial meeting with a letter/email to you summarising the topics discussed and information on the most appropriate ways to take your matter(s) forward.  The fixed fee cost for this service is £200.00 plus VAT.

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