It is one of the overriding principles in family law that the interests of the children should come first. In whatever you do, we will ensure that the interests of the children will be a priority.
Issues involving children can include so many things such as deciding where the children should live after you separate, how much time they will spend with either parent, or other specific matters such as whether they will move abroad or which school they should attend. Where you cannot agree on any issue relating to your child with the other parent, we can help. There are various ways to try and resolve these areas of disagreement and we can advise you on the best course of action for you and your children.
As with financial settlements, court proceedings should be seen as a last resort and alternatives such as mediation, the collaborative process, arbitration or solicitor negotiation are all available to be used to try and reach an agreement with regard to any issues relating to your children. The less acrimony there is between you and your ex-partner when you separate, the better it will be for your children.
If your separation is causing undue stress or anxiety for either yourself or your children, we can help you get therapeutic support for any member of your family to try and help resolve the conflict or the anxieties over the separation process from organisations that specialise in supporting separating families and the difficulties that they face.
If you want to have a free, no obligation chat about issues concerning your children, please call Sharon Blackstone on 01737 735077 or email me to arrange a convenient time to talk.