Children Disputes

Armstrong Family Law can advise and represent you in relation to disputes about children, including constructive negotiations, mediation or if necessary applications to the Family Court.

Parents must always act in the best interests of the children. However, it is not unusual for parents to disagree on what is in their children’s best interests. Disputes about children are usually about how much time they spend with a parent, with which parents they will live or about specific issues such as whether or not the children can be taken abroad or where they are educated.

Armstrong Family Law will initially try to resolve the dispute by negotiating with the other parent or his or her solicitor in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, in accordance with the Resolution Code of Practice. If agreement cannot be reached, a referral to an independent family mediator is usually compulsory before any court proceedings should be considered. Mediation can be an effective and affordable way to resolve these disputes. However, if mediation is inappropriate or unsuccessful, an application to the Court may be necessary.

The court can make various types of orders about children, including:

Sometimes it may be necessary to seek one or more of these orders on an emergency basis.

Cases about children can be the most bitterly contested and involve enormously emotive issues. We can give you realistic and objective advice throughout and achieve an outcome that is best for you and for your children. If your case goes to the Family Court, Armstrong Family Law can advise and represent you at court. Using a solicitor at court will increase the chances that agreement can be reached at an early stage, an if agreement is not possible, it will increase the likelihood that you will achieve the right outcome.

Read the latest Armstrong Family Law blog here about the new Family Court and the latest blog about disputes about children.

Armstrong Family Law can also advise you about child support. A useful online calculator is available here to help you calculate how much child support should be paid.

You may find this brief Ministry of Justice video about attending a First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment at court useful:

You may also find this short Ministry of Justice video about full hearings at court useful:

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