Children

Children in breakdown of relationship and divorce.

Mediation in relation to Children issues, will often be a relatively speedy means of making progress. This should apply when the issues in dispute are more of a more practical nature, such as arranging day to day times and location of visits, holidays, overnight stays and appropriate financial arrangements.

It can also be cost effective, if the legal issues concerned are not overly complex and parents remain on civilised terms and recognise the future best interests of their chidren will remain of paramount importance.

However, as in making peace, it takes two parties to mediate and often formal legal advice from a solicitor will be required at an appropriate stage.

Sometimes it can be very easy to enjoy the comfort of opinion, without the discomfort of reasoned, professional, legal advice. The consequences of not having, or indeed of not taking, appropriate legal advice, may be severe. Experienced solicitors can offer an objective view on how to achieve the best outcome.

The choice on how you choose to progress matters is yours but we can advise you on all the options when you instruct us at Absolute Mediation, expert solicitors in family law and divorce problems in Cardiff.

 

Parenting Plans 

Many clients come to see us in order to establish a regular schedule of week to week contact, explaining it would be so much easier if there was one.

They are sometimes surprised to learn that this is a very common problem and in fact works so much better for parents and children alike if there is one in place. It should be easy to agree but sometimes it causes major conflicts

 Matters can however often be settled by agreement following on from reasoned discussion, which can avoid the escalating cost of needing a formal determination via the Family Court.

Child arrangement orders in Family Law

In most circumstances, no Parent wishes to involve the court in respect of determining appropriate Parenting arrangements. 

If you have already tried Family Mediation but this has not been succesful in resolving the issues, then we can offer a range of agreed fees for attempting to progress matters by way of civilised correspondence, in the hope that matters can be agreed within a spirit of cooperation and putting the interests of your child or children first.

Child Custody and Contact matters are now called Child Arrangement orders although the practical issues remain the same.

Few Parents want to voluntarily incur what can be significant costs of litigation, particularly where Legal Aid, or Public Funding will now rarely be available, save in circumstances of severe, corroborated, Domestic Violence.

However, where there are serious concerns about your child, you may need to make an expedited application to the Court.

You may need to apply for an urgent Child Arrangement Order, particularly where a child has not been returned home or indeed for a child arrangement order in respect of Parental Responsibility.

We can also advise on all aspects of Family Law which apply to children particularly in Cardiff and the South Wales area.

The area of Family Law and children has significantly evolved in recent years. The Family Court no longer makes what were popularly known as Custody Orders. Nor does it make Residence or even Contact Orders any more, so it is crucial to have expert advise from Family Law experts and Child law Specialists.

There can be the very real fear that a child will be removed from the jurisdiction, or the worry they are being psychologically harmed by the other parent.

In those circumstances you should make an appointment to talk to us urgently.

The Court now make Child Arrangement Orders, which encompass all aspects of where the child or children will live, what time will be spent with the other parent, and how Parental Responsibility will be exercised in situations where Parents simply cannot reach agreement.

Grandparents : Child Arrangement Orders And Special Guardianship.

Members of the extended family may also wish to make applications to the court, particularly grandparents who are not able to see their grandchildren regularly. In addition to seeking Family Arrangement Orders, where appropriate leave of the court has been granted, they may also wish to pursue Special Guardian Applications, in circumstances where perhaps very young parents are finding it very difficult to cope.

We provide a full range of services to the extended family, with a similar choice of agreed fixed fees and or can provide information in relation to crisis funding.

What Happens if I am ever served with a Family Court Application?

Similarly very urgent legal advice is required if you are ever served with any court application in relation to a child from the other parent, or indeed any other family member.

In all Family law matters where we advise, and particularly in respect of all family law cases concerning children, we can offer you the option of an agreed fixed fee in advance of taking action or alternatively for you to pay on a time related basis if that is what you favour. Our professional charges will be explained at the outset in a plain and transparent manner.

At all times, when making any important decision about your child or children, it is important to take appropriate legal advice, and remember, the best thinking is usually done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.

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