When Should you Involve a Solicitor for Child Arrangements?

Family separations are a very tough situation and they do not always go smoothly. What is important for anyone that is a parent with parental responsibilities and legal rights, understands at what point it may be necessary to get a solicitor involved.

There is no need for a solicitor when the separation is amicable and both parents can agree on:

• Where the child/children will live
• How much time they’ll spend with each parent
• How you’ll financially support your children

If these things cannot be agreed upon, you can first use a mediator to help with the parenting plan process. However, if this option fails and things can still not be agreed upon, you can take the issue to court and have a judge decide what is best for the child/children. You cannot apply for a court hearing unless you have first tried mediation, except in certain cases such as domestic abuse or involvement of social services.

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