Children, Childcare, Contact & Parenting Issues

Children & Childcare Solicitors London

On a breakdown of marriage or civil partnership, decisions have to be made over the welfare of any children. Often making these decisions can be difficult and painful. Sometimes we refer you to other counselling agencies to assist you in making these decisions.

Parental Responsibility Considerations

Parental Responsibility is either inherent or can be acquired. Parental Responsibility involves the capacity to make decisions about a child’s upbringing and welfare. These can include such matters as:

  • Where the children should live
  • With whom the children should live
  • Where the children should go to school
  • What name the children should be given
  • Whether the children should go abroad
  • Whether the children are brought up with certain religious beliefs
  • What medical treatment the children should have

Child Arrangements Orders

In a divorce settlement there are several types of child arrangement orders formally known as child custody orders, including sole, joint, and shared. In sole, one parent has primary physical and legal residence of the child, while the other parent may have visitation rights. In joint, both parents share physical and legal arrangements of the child, but the child may primarily reside with one parent. In shared arrangements, both parents share physical residence and make important decisions jointly.

‘Child arrangements orders’ replace ‘residence orders’ and ‘contact orders’. Parents with these orders do not need to re-apply. Read more in our: Child Arrangements Order FAQs 

It is important for parents to work together to create a child arrangement agreement that meets the needs of their child and works well for everyone involved. If parents are unable to agree on an arrangement, they may need to seek professional assistance to help resolve their differences and come to an agreement that is in the best interest of their child. At Lloyd Platt & Co you will find the answers to your questions and this article tackles some of those most commonly asked questions. In many cases we will try to negotiate these issues between divorce solicitors and clients but where they cannot be agreed, then recourse must be had to the courts. We are very happy to assist with any of these issues.

Contact Orders for Grandparents

Divorce can affect not only the parties but wider family. At Lloyd Platt & Co we pride ourselves with assisting grandparents with contact to their grandchildren. In the case of grandparents, it is possible to apply to court for contact but it is a two stage process with applying for the court’s permission in the first instance and then for an order for contact.

We have been extremely successful in obtaining contact between the families in particular for grandparents with grandchildren, aunts and uncles with their nephews and nieces and the wider family.

Contact our Childcare Lawyers in London

To make an enquiry please fill in our form, call us on 0208 343 2998 or click to contact our child arrangement and childcare lawyers in London.

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