Father’s Day is just around the corner on 17th June and it is well known that this day, ordinarily a source of joy, can cause untold stress if your relationship with your spouse or partner has broken down and you cannot agree time to spend with your children.
Despite your best efforts, you may find it impossible to communicate with your ex partner in a constructive and amicable way. You may find yourself isolated from your children, unable to see or contact them regularly. Understandably, this can be a daunting, stressful and unsettling time. The uncertainty of the situation can also negatively impact on your children, who might feel as if their close relationship with a much loved parent has been jeopardised.
At such times, considering the best interests of the children is fundamental. At Coffin Mew, our experienced family lawyers understand that advising on such sensitive issues requires an understanding and personalised approach.
We take a firm but non inflammatory stance during the negotiation process, recognising that more often than not, it is beneficial to reach an agreement through meaningful negotiations rather than entering into litigation.
However, if a resolution cannot be reached through negotiation or mediation, we will provide you with clear and detailed advice on how to apply to the court for a Child Arrangements Order. During this process, court will decide, if you cannot reach agreement, where your child lives and the amount of time your child spends with each of you. When reaching a decision, the court will take into account a number of factors such as your child’s wishes and feelings if they are over 8 years old, their physical, emotional and educational needs and the likely effect of any change in circumstances.
At Coffin Mew, our supportive family lawyers offer practical and straightforward advice on all types of child arrangements matters, including contact arrangements for Father’s Day.
If you would like further guidance or have any questions concerning child arrangements, please contact Marie Stock, Senior Associate Solicitor or one of our family law specialists.