Every parent wants the best for their children, but keeping focused on this can be difficult in the middle of a divorce or separation. It is always best if you can work together to make decisions about your children. We can help you resolve any differences without dragging them into your disputes.
Most divorces or dissolutions of civil partnerships do not need a court order regarding the children. The courts recognise parents are best placed to make decisions about their families and will only get involved if one of you makes an application to the court.
Taking a constructive approach is the best way to ensure you can still co-operate with each other on what is best for your children. Typically you will need to agree where your children will live (which can be with either or both parents), how much contact you will have if they aren’t living with you and how you will make decisions about schools, medical treatment or changing children’s names.
Agreeing a way forward together will always be less stressful (and less expensive) and more likely to work in the long term than going to court. If you are struggling to do this by yourselves, there are alternative approaches you could use.
We have a number of highly trained and experienced mediators and collaborative lawyers who specialise in family issues and who could help you resolve your differences. And if you do end up in court, they will make sure it is as pain free as possible.