Children are very often greatly affected by marriage and relationship breakdowns. It is a time of substantial emotional turmoil for children and separating or divorcing parents will often have differing views of what is best for the children and their future welfare.
It is crucial that in such circumstances you have legal representation, which is sympathetic and proficient to ensure that the best interests of the children are met. Our understanding team will work with you in achieving the best arrangements for your children, addressing any safety issues, their financial welfare and support arrangements.
We will attempt to reach an amicable arrangement with the other parent but should an agreement not be reached, we will apply to the court on your behalf to settle these issues. There may be any number of concerns, such as an application for a residence or contact order, for the level of child support to be set, protection from a threatening parent or an application for contact by a parent who is being denied access to their child. If necessary, orders will be made by the courts to safeguard the children's best interests. The courts will take into account the child’s needs and feelings dependant upon age, sex and emotional wellbeing in deciding whether an order is necessary.
Our teams can help explain the myths surrounding child support and how the ongoing problems with the Child Support Agency can possibly be avoided. We can advise and assist on the division of property and all related financial disputes, which may arise as a result of family breakdown. We can also assist in matters of adoption and child welfare.
Most family disputes can be resolved without using the courts and we can help you to make suitable arrangements while ensuring that the welfare of the children comes first.
For more infomation please contact one of the following:
|Patrick Langrishe||Partner||Budleigh Salterton|
|Mark Arden||Senior Solicitor||Crediton|
|Ida Merrison - currently on maternity leave||Solicitor & Family Mediator||Exeter|