In an ideal world as parents you should be able to sit down and discuss your children but sadly, that is not always possible.
As a family law solicitor I will advise you as to the likely outcome if your case was to be considered by a Judge and will do all I can to achieve a result which will work for you as a family.
The welfare of the children is the court’s paramount consideration. The court considers the Welfare Checklist and this is as set out below:
- the ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child
- any physical, emotional and educational needs
- the likely effect of any change of circumstances
- age, sex, background and any relevant characteristics
- any harm suffered or at risk of suffering
- how capable each parent is (or any other relevant person) of meeting the child’s needs
- the range of powers of the court
If agreement cannot be reached and an application to court is the only way forward then unless certain exceptions apply there should be a referral to a mediator.