If you are unable to reach an agreement with your former partner on the time you spend with your children, the courts have a wide range of powers to make these decisions for your family.
The court can make various orders which include:
At Specters, we encourage parents to reach an amicable decision outside of court, and will assist you in mediating these matters. We believe that the welfare of your child or children should be the most important factor, as any orders that the courts will make will be made in their bests interests. We encourage parents to attempt to agree on a parenting agreement prior to taking matters to court.
A parenting agreement or plan is a document signed by both parents which stipulates the ground rules on how each party will parent apart. This agreement can agree anything you both feel is relevant to the upbringing of your children, from religious beliefs, to education, to dietary requirements. It also confirms any child arrangements you have agreed.
We encourage all parents to make this agreement legally binding by way of a consent order, which is a legal document signed by both parties and filed with the courts. A judge will then approve your agreement, unless they feel that it is not in the best interests of your child.
If you have any child issues, our specialist family solicitors can help you. We offer competitive rates to deal with your matter. You may be eligible for our free initial 30 minute advice as well as a second 30 minutes for £50.