29 Jul 2020Read more
This Christmas, the children of separated parents will likely be spending their time travelling between homes, with each parent doing their utmost to make the day as happy as possible. Many young people will enjoy ‘double’ celebrations and receive extra presents.
But what happens if you can’t agree contact at Christmas, and what are your options? Many family lawyers start getting requests for advice on the issue shortly after the October half term ends. The end of year break is the next major school holiday and parents who don’t live with their children are keen to sort out arrangements.
"Put yourself in your children's shoes - what would they want?"
Nick Hodson, partner
Ultimately, if there is no other option, you can apply to the court for a child arrangements order. December is a very busy month for the courts so any application must not be left too late. At the court hearing, the judge or magistrates will try to broker an agreement that meets the needs of the children. Their welfare will be the court’s paramount consideration.
16 Jun 2020
Due to Covid-19, many separated parents are trying to manage the shared care of their children, manage home schooling, and ensure that they are protecting themselves and their families from the virus. In recent weeks, we have seen in the press that many separated parents are fighting each other through the courts over whether their children should return to school as the lockdown is eased. Solicitor Jonathan Casey examines the issues.Read more
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