The mutual enjoyment by a parent and child of each other’s company constitutes a fundamental element of family life. It is almost always in a child’s interest for family ties to be maintained as severing such ties means cutting a child off from its roots which can only be justified in very exceptional circumstances.
Contact is almost always in the interests of a child and should not be prevented unless there are very good reasons for doing so. It is the general proposition that it is in the interests of children to retain contact with the parent with whom the child does not reside. Unless there are very good reasons against it the children of separated parents are entitled to have contact with both of their parents.
The welfare of children is paramount. The child’s best interest must have priority over any other consideration
We can assist with the following situations:
- Residence applications, i.e. settling arrangements regarding where a child is to live including shared residence
- Relocation including international relocation
- Contact Orders including in cases where there is domestic abuse and in cases where there are objections to contact without foundation.
- Financial provision including the jurisdiction of the CSA and Lump Sum Order applications
- Abduction within and outside of the UK
- Cases to which the Hague Convention applies.
You can read our guide for separated parents on children and the family courts by clicking here .
A glossary of some of the terms that you might hear if you go to court can be found by clicking here
Contact us for further information or to arrange an appointment. Our fees for the services that we offer are set out on our website but we are happy to meet with you free of charge to discuss any aspect of our charges that are is unclear to you. We represent people facing serious life changing circumstances and charge fees for our services. All fees are agreed in advance. There are no hidden charges. We will treat you with kindness and respect and provide you with best advice. Unless you qualify for legal we do not offer a free of charge advice service.
The best arrangements for children are made by parents through discussion and agreement. We have the skills to help achieve an agreed solution but family law can become combative no matter how you try to avoid it and if you find yourself having to attend court you must have trust and confidence in your solicitor to represent you and to promote your best interestsPaul Dodds.