My ex and I have separated and we are having issues arranging contact for our children. What can I do?
Parenting is tricky enough when parents are together but it can become even more difficult when parents separate. When a relationship breaks down it is not uncommon for difficulties to arise in relation to contact with both parents. If you are experiencing difficulties in relation to time spent with your children and you have attempted to resolve this between you and failed then we would encourage you to speak to a Lawyer first for advice on the options available to you. These could include:
1. Collaborative Law or round table meetings. These are meetings that take place with both parents and their collaboratively trained Lawyers face to face to try to work things out with the ideal outcome being that a pattern of contact can be put in place which is in the best interests of the children.
2. Lawyer correspondence. A Lawyer can assist in making arrangements for contact between parents through correspondence either directly to the other parent or to a Lawyer instructed by them. Again the ideal outcome being that a pattern of contact can then be put into place which is in the best interests of the children.
3. Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. The concept of mediation is to attempt to bring the parents together to agree a way forward in relation to their differences.
4. In the worst case scenario, starting the Court process. If mediation is deemed not suitable then the next step would be to make an application to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order as to time spent with. However, it is the preference of the Court to not make Orders in relation to children unless absolutely necessary.
If you wish to find out any more information in relation to any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact us.