Resolving the children’s care arrangements are the most dramatic part of a separation or divorce and vary from case to case. If your relationship has broken down we will work with you to achieve the best arrangements for your children.
Whether you are currently going through a divorce or separation, or if you have recently been separated, our team of child specialists will work with you to find an arrangement which serves your child’s needs best.
We will always aim to resolve family disputes and matters of child custody (now called “child arrangements”) away from the court. Such matters can sometimes take over one year to resolve, not to mention the costs involved. In most circumstances, we work in a way that children maintain a healthy and positive relationship with both parents. We recognise that the child can only be helped with both parents working together. We initially encourage parents to agree matters through mediation or collaboration as this is the very best way forward in any child dispute.
In exceptional instances where the matter can only be resolved in court, we work with a field of experts to achieve an understanding that works in your child’s best interest. This process can take up to twelve months and can be sped up if both parents are willing to work together.
For more extensive advice, please do not hesitate to attend an initial consultation, or email us, or telephone us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do we decide what time the children will spend with each parent?
Talk to one another. Try to agree arrangements that best suit the children, that they will be comfortable with and that take into account their interests.
If we cannot agree child issues, what should we do?
Have an initial meeting with a lawyer to explore the law and your rights. Then attempt mediation or collaboration.
I live abroad, so where do I apply for an Order?
The Country in which the child has been living for the past year.
What does the court consider when making a decision about how much time the child will spend with each parent?
First and foremost the Court is concerned with the Child’s interest and welfare. An arrangement will be reached that best suits the child’s welfare.
How long does the court process take?
Between three to twelve months
What is the cost involved?
The cost varies depending on the complexity of the case. At Shortlands we try to offer fixed fees for every stage of the process.
Our professional and highly experienced team of family law can assist you in your legal matters with full respect, ensuring you maintain a private family life. Begin the process today by submitting a confidential request, filling in the form below. We will respond to you shortly.