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Family Law - Children

When partners or spouses separate sometimes they can experience difficulties in making arrangements for how they will spend time with their children. Whenever possible it is better for the children if parents can make such arrangements between themselves. There are times when this is not possible and so the help of a third party such as a mediator or the court can be necessary.

If an application to court has to be made the welfare of the children must remain the paramount consideration at all times. The court is able to assist with a wide variety of issues that can be of concern to separated parents such as the exercise of parental responsibility, who the child shall live with and how much time they will spend with each parent.

  • Parental Responsibility governs the decisions about a child’s upbringing and where differences of opinion exist can be settled by Specific Issue Order.
  • Mothers automatically have Parental Responsibility and fathers can acquire this in a number of ways.
  • Concerns about threats made to take a child can be addressed with Prohibited Steps Orders.
  • Regulation of where a child lives and how much time is spent with each parent is now governed by Child Arrangement Orders.
  • The court will only make an order when it considers it in the best interests of the child to do so.