Supporting parents through divorce and separation
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When a relationship breaks down it can be difficult for everyone involved. The legal focus is on protecting the rights of the child, which includes concerns for their safety and well-being and their right to have a relationship with both parents.
If parents cannot agree arrangements in relation to where a child will live and when the child will see or visit the other parent the Courts may have to be asked to make a decision – often our solicitors are able to help before things get that far.
Our family law solicitors can help with:
If you want to have a relationship with your child but are being denied access by your ex-partner there are several steps you can take.
Child arrangements orders
A child arrangements order sets out arrangements for your child to live and have contact with both parents.
The old ideas of child custody and access no longer exist in English law. If you want a formal, legal agreement about where your children will live and when they will spend time with both parents you will need to apply for a Child Arrangements Order.
Breach of a child arrangements order
If you have an order in place but this is being breached by your ex you may be able to ask the court to enforce the order.
The safety and wellbeing of your children is paramount. If your child is at risk steps can be taken to prevent contact.
Grandparents have no automatic legal rights to see their grandchildren but can apply through the courts, if an agreement cannot be reached amicably with the grandchildren’s parents.