Following a family breakdown, residence (ie. which parent a child will live with) and contact are very emotive issues in what is already a highly charged atmosphere.
Children crave routine and certainty; they need to know who they’ll live with, where each parent will live, where they’ll go to school and when they’ll see the other parent. The majority of parents try to agree arrangements in the best interests of the child. Unfortunately, some disputes just can’t be resolved easily.
If this sounds familiar, we have the experience and expertise to advise you in negotiating a solution, or to seek court intervention if necessary.
There are rare occasions when a parent may not act in the best interests of a child. This could be doing something they should not be doing, or not doing something they should be doing. For example, enrolling a child at a school without the other parent’s agreement, or not getting medical treatment when needed. If you’re concerned about something similar, we can advise on whether or not it’s necessary to ask the court to intervene.
Given the sensitive, often turbulent nature of family breakdowns, it might simply be the case that we help re-open the lines of communication. If the problem still can’t be resolved, then we can prepare the appropriate child-related court applications.
For more information on our services regarding living arrangements and to start a conversation on how we can help you please contact Mark Rennie, Partner, Family.