Children in Divorce & Child Custody
When it comes to divorce, the welfare of your children is of the utmost importance. If you're thinking about divorce, then you should be considering what the legal implications are:
Who gets custody? How is this arranged?
Am I entitled to custody as a father? Can I prevent my husband/wife from seeing my children?
Will child maintenance payments be required? Can I afford them?
Child custody does not get raised automatically when you first petition for divorce. In order to do this, a form called 'statement of arrangements for children' must be completed. This applies to every child under the age of 16 or over the age of 16 but under the age of 18 and in full time education or training for a professional trade or vocation.
The form has four parts which requires you to go into a great deal of detail about your children's home life, schooling, care and maintenance. We recommend that you seek professional advice before completing this form to give you the best possible start to any court proceedings.
Further, a significant requirement is in force from 6th April 2011: a Mediation Assessment is required for divorcing couples before going to court to debate finances on divorce.
We can put you in touch with specialist family law solicitors. Family law solicitors have first hand experience of dealing with law relating to children in divorce and will be able to guide all the way you through the complicated process.