Children Disputes

Posted in Family | January 06, 2020 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

It goes without saying that upon parents separating, it is distressing for all family members concerned, no less the children, when the difficulties agreeing the arrangements for the children.  

Often time, the disputes will follow on from a relationship breakdown and it sometimes seems that everybody loses out.  Each parent wants the children living with them and the children, in an ideal world, would want to live with both parents.  Focusing on what is in the best interest for the children often gets missed in amongst all the emotion.  

Added complications arise when one parent, or another family member, want to take the children to the other side of country to live, or even abroad. When an application is made for the Court to consider whether the children can be moved, this can be particularly difficult and complex.  Education needs to be considered together with the frequency that the children see the other parent and other family members.  

It is not uncommon for one parent to make serious allegations of the other parent and if you are on the receiving end of those allegations and you consider them to be untrue, you are likely to be angry and hurt.  When this is the case, the Court will be duty bound to make a finding of fact in order to decide on the truth of what is being suggested.  The outcome of the finding will have a huge impact upon whether it is safe for the children to spend time with the adult that is alleged has caused the harm.

There can also be allegations of domestic violence and all of these issues can become very difficult and complex.  When these difficulties are encountered, we can offer the correct advice, and even support, in order to come to a fair solution for the children.  The Family Department can offer you a free initial consultation in order to determine the best course of action for you.

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