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.