Contact with a child, and where that child lives, are some of the most fundamental and emotive issues facing a parent following a divorce or a split from a partner. One of Scott-Moncrieff’s specialist family lawyers, Seetal Missan, is on hand to guide you through these thorny matters.
“Arrangements over having contact with your children, or trying to agree where they live, are often massively problematic. Sometimes they’re made worse because parents can forget that any decision made concerning a child must always be in the best interests of the child,” says Seetal.
“So before making such agreements it is important to consider the child’s welfare and the fact it is important for the child to maintain a relationship with their non-resident parent.
“I know this is easy to say, but it is also hard to agree in the middle of a heated dispute. This is why I advocate negotiations between the parents when they are both considering the arrangements for their children. This often helps, especially if there are ongoing Court proceedings or safeguarding concerns.
“If negotiations don’t work, then an application can be made for parties to attend mediation to resolve the issues. If that also fails, an application for a Child Arrangement Order should be considered.
“In certain situations, it may even be necessary to make an urgent or emergency court application, especially if serious threats are made to harm a child or if you believe that a child is at risk of harm or even abduction, at which point the Police must be contacted.
“In all these cases, legal experts can help guide you through these difficulties.”