Children

We are parents ourselves and understand that you will be very worried about them and their relationship with you on the ending of a marriage or relationship.

You will have many questions. We can provide expert advice to support and assist you on the following and other issues:

  • With whom shall the children live? We advise on custody of children (now known as ‘Residence’) on divorce or separation, to include sole custody, joint custody or shared custody arrangements;
  • How often will you see your child if you leave the family home? We can guide you through the law and apply to court where necessary for Visitation or Access (now known as ‘Contact’), to include Father’s rights and Grandparents’ rights;
  • What happens to your parental responsibility and parental rights if you are no longer in the home every day? Who deals with education, religion and other matters involving your child’s upbringing?;
  • Guardianship of children and what happens to them if a parent dies;
  • Child support and maintenance issues.

Court Rules provide that any child over 9 years of age must normally attend court on an initial hearing of an application before a judge. We think that you want to protect your child from arguments where possible, and as mediators we can listen to both parents who wish to resolve their conflict outside of the court arena.