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When a relationship comes to an end it is very important to make arrangements for any children. Sometimes children are old enough to make their own decisions about who they wish to live with or how much time they want to spend with each parent.

At David Lee Solicitors we pride ourselves on understanding the difficulties and problems that separating parents may have in reaching an agreement about children.

We can provide you with specialist advice that will resolve any immediate problems and will allow you to move forward and agree long term arrangements for your children.

We are here to help, so if you are unsure what to do, please call us today on 01926 852188 or get in touch via our contact page. 

Your child’s wellbeing and welfare is your priority and you want to resolve any issues surrounding them in the least disruptive way. Holiday times in particular can be a challenge.

In some circumstances, parents can agree between themselves on where the children should live and how much time the children will spend with each parent. 

Other times, parents may want to settle matters relating to children and contact amicably rather than using the Court process, but cannot reach the decision between themselves. Attending mediation is something we encourage as it can facilitate discussion and in some cases agreement is reached. This agreement can be recorded in a formal document and act as the corner stone to any long term agreements. 

Mediation is an entirely confidential process and one we can assist with. We have access to mediation services on a contact or all issues basis, and they generally fall under the headings of:

  • Contact
  • Financial Issues
  • All issues

If you are thinking of using mediation to resolve your family issues, then please give us a call on 01926 852188. 

Unfortunately there are times when the parents cannot reach agreement on all of the issues or cannot agree on what is in the best interests of the child. In these circumstances, David Lee Solicitors can provide practical advice on how the Courts may decide a particular issue. In those cases it may then be possible to avoid the need to go to Court.

David Lee Solicitors can advise you on the following:

  • Deciding the arrangements for children and how this is to be achieved
  • Residence disputes - deciding where a child should live
  • Prohibited Steps Orders - to prevent something happening, for example taking a child out of the country
  • Specific Issue Orders - to decide a particular issue, such as where a child can go to school

If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us today.