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The breakdown of relationships can throw up a wide range of problems, including the practical arrangements for children after their parents’ separation.
Children have the right to a meaningful relationship with both parents when a relationship ends, provided it is in the children’s best interests.
Parents should first decide who the children should live with, considering arrangements that will cause the children as little disruption as possible and promoting security and a routine.
Arrangements can then be made for the children to have contact with the other parent.
The Court does not need to be involved with all decisions regarding children. If you are on speaking terms with your former partner, you may benefit from attending mediation to resolve issues concerning the children. Mediation offers parents the opportunity to discuss matters in relaxed surroundings with a third party present. A mediator cannot tell you what you should do, but will offer suggestions for you and your former partner to consider.
If you cannot reach an agreement with your former partner, you may need to call on the Court for assistance. It is important that the children are able to have a safe relationship with their parents, and the Court will therefore call on the experience of CAFCASS (the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service). CAFCASS will focus on the welfare of the children and act on their behalf.
Although Legal Aid is not generally available within family proceedings, if you are a parent who has experienced domestic abuse during your relationship (including emotional and financial abuse), you may be eligible for Legal Aid.
Terry Jones Solicitors are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. They follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems and encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family.
The Family Department at Terry Jones Solicitors offer a free initial 30 minute appointment at all our offices across Shropshire, and can ascertain your eligibility for Legal Aid in family matters.
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