The decisions about the arrangements for your children are often the most difficult and distressing aspect of dealing with the breakdown of a relationship. Our specialist team of dedicated child and family law solicitors fully appreciate the complexity that can arise when children are involved and the emotional distress that this can cause to everyone.
We put your children first
Whatever your situation, we will always put the needs of your children first and we fully understand the challenges and stresses that are faced by families dealing with the practical aspects of parental separation.
Parental responsibility encompasses the legal rights that you hold as a parent, as well as your responsibilities. In most cases, everyone holding parental responsibility will have to agree on all of the important decisions that will have an impact on a child’s life, such as relocation.
The rights of the father
There is a common perception that in child custody cases, the court has a tendency to favour the mother. In deciding the case, the court will look at the nature of the relationship that the child has with both parents, and the mother’s case may be strengthened here if she is the main carer.
When you and your co-parent are not married, it is important to establish who holds parental responsibility. If this applies to both parents then you each hold equal parenting rights, therefore if the court is making a decision on the custody of your children, the fact that you are not married will not matter.
No legal right to custody?
If you do not hold parental responsibility, this means that there is no automatic legal right to custody or even contact with your child. If you are concerned that you do not hold parental responsibility, your specialist child law solicitor can advise you on applying for parental responsibility so that you can play a part in the decisions that are being made about your child’s future.
Joint custody of Children
Joint custody means that the children divide their time between both parents. It works well for couples who have experienced a fairly amicable separation and are able to maintain a working relationship in the interests of their children.
It is usually the case that everyone who holds parental responsibility will need to give consent before a child can be taken abroad. Where parents have maintained an amicable separation, this may not be a problem, since they may make reciprocal allowances in order to take the children on foreign holidays.
Should you wish to know more about the services we offer, please feel free to contact our client services department via firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call 0203 058 3365.