When parents separate, there can be a lot to think about to make sure that the children are as safe and happy as possible. Our solicitors are here to provide expert legal counsel, during what can be a difficult time for the whole family.
Both you and your former partner will need to consider the children’s living arrangements and how they will spend their time between their parents. You will need to make sure that the children’s financial needs are covered as far as possible. That can mean making sure that they have at least one secure home and that there is enough money for them. It may be that you need to consider maintenance payments for the children.
You will also need to agree on where the children will live and where they will go to school, their religion, medical treatment and what surname they are to use. If you both have parental responsibility for the children then you must both agree if they are to be taken abroad on holiday.
We can advise you on what is appropriate and how to best reach an agreement on the children’s living arrangements.
Our solicitors will encourage you as far as possible to make those decisions jointly and amicably. If there is more urgency or if there is no possibility of reaching an agreement, then we can assist you with making an application to the Court for either:
- A Child Arrangement Order, which will decide where the children will live and who they will spend time with
- A Prohibited Steps Order, which can, for example, prevent a child from moving location
- A Specific Issue Order – which can, for example, decide on a school for the child
- To ask the Court to make a decision for you both if you are unable to agree
We will be realistic and constructive in our legal advice to you and we will work hard to do the best for you and your children.
For guidance on children’s living arrangements or child arrangement orders, please call, email or start a live chat with our solicitors today.