Child Custody Lawyers Romford and Dagenham
Child custody disputes can arise in a number of circumstances. For example, in cases of separation, or in cases of bereavement where another family member feels they are better placed than the surviving parent to care for the children. While the interests and welfare of the child are of paramount concern for the court, unfortunately, the dispute between the parties can often become heated and cause unnecessary stress for the child or children involved. Milner Elledge have years of experience in child custody disputes and aim to guide you through the process, listen to your side of things and work towards achieving the outcome you believe best. Contact our specialist team today.
In order to minimise the stress that a court case could cause your family, our team will often suggest mediation as a first course of action. Mediation involves bringing the parties together to try and come to an amicable arrangement that meets the child’s needs and goes some way to meeting either side’s objective. The success of mediation is often very much dependent on the engagement by the parties and unfortunately will not always be successful.
Where mediation fails, the next step will be going to court and making an application for a Child Arrangements order.
Child Arrangements Order
This order does exactly what it says and set out things such as where the child should live, who they should see and for how often. The granting of an order confers parental rights on the applicant. The orders will normally last until the child attains adulthood, but they can be varied and discharged if circumstances change over time. The orders are not handed out or granted easily and there is a number of factors the court will consider when making its decision. These include;
- The wishes of the child, where possible
- The arrangement best suited to meeting the child’s physical, emotional and educational needs.
- Characteristic’s such as age, religion, ethnicity and sex of the child
- The risk of harm being suffered or already suffered as a result of one of the parties.
- The capabilities of the parties to meet the needs of the child.
- The likely effect each arrangement may have on the child.
In making this decision, the court will not work alone and CAFCASS (Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service) may be asked to provide a report based on meetings and observations with the child and the parties involved. The views of friends, family and other relevant parties may also be sought by the court when reaching their decision.
Contact our Child Custody Solicitors in Romford and Dagenham
With a child-centred approach and a forensic attention to detail, there is no team better placed to help in a child custody dispute. Contact our specialist child custody solicitors today on 01708 763463 for our Romford office or 020 8984 0940 for our Dagenham office.