stjohnssParents who do not live together sometimes find it difficult to agree where and with whom the children should live, how often and in what way they should see the parent they do not live with, or matters relating to schooling, travelling abroad or medical treatment.  This is by no means an exclusive list.  We are knowledgeable, respectful and experienced in dealing with all kinds of parenting disputes.

We understand the effect on the children of family disagreements, and the importance of minimising any negative impact for their long-term well-being.  We work with you to put your children’s needs first, whether the issue is financial or practical.

We have extensive experience of surrogacy and assisted conception matters, and work with all forms of family structure.  We regret that we cannot undertake cases that exclusively concern public law (care) proceedings.

Disputes relating to parenting or children’s arrangements can be discussed in mediation, in the collaborative law process, or using traditional solicitor-to-solicitor negotiation techniques and court proceedings if necessary.  Our partner Simon Bethel is a specialist arbitrator in children’s matters.

Please download our information sheet if you would like more details about making arrangements for children after separation or divorce. Alternatively, you can call Gail, Sue, Adam, Simon or Tricia on 01223 443333 for a confidential initial discussion.

Links:

Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus) – for anyone caring for children

Kids in the Middle – “a voice for children when families split”

The Parent Connection – online advice and resources for parents including a parenting plan (“Splitting Up? Put Kids First”) and online modules to improve communication.

Gingerbread – support for single parents

Advice about communicating with children about parental separation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Resolution’s comprehensive advice pages for separating parents