When Might You Need a Child Custody Lawyer?

As specialists in family law, the experts at Higgins Miler are used to dealing with clients facing some of the most stressful experiences imaginable. This clearly applies when guiding clients through the complex process of arranging probate on the death of a loved one or petitioning for divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership. It’s why we always offer our advice in a sympathetic and understanding manner and ensure that the language we use is simple but informative, keeping the client fully aware of what is happening at every stage of the process. All of these are very good reasons why you should contact us if you’re looking for the best possible child custody lawyer

We understand that marriages and civil partnerships can break down for an extremely wide range of reasons. We also know that the stress and upset caused by such a breakdown is only going to be exacerbated when there are children involved. When you work with a child custody lawyer at Higgins Miller you employ the services of an expert who can explain, calmly and clearly, exactly what the legal situation is when applied to the care for children after a divorce or dissolution, and what rights and responsibilities each partner in the relationship has. You will also experience a child custody lawyer who understands the emotional impact of the decisions you’re taking, and will offer any advice in a supportive and sympathetic manner. All too often, legal wrangles following a divorce or dissolution can be marked by bitterness and anger, and the job of a child custody lawyer is, in part, to try to remove those emotions from the equation and work toward a solution that is best for the welfare of the child or children involved. 

One thing which a child custody lawyer will explain is that the term   ‘parental responsibility’ introduced by the Children Act 1989. Since most people understand what is meant by the custody of a child, however, our child custody lawyers are happy to describe themselves as such when explaining exactly what parental responsibility entails. According to the 1989 Act, when a married couple separate, both parents automatically have parental responsibility. This means that the parent that the child doesn’t live with any more still has to support them financially. Put simply, both parents have to work together to come up with an agreement which sets out child custody advice dealing with issues such as where the child will live, and when and how often they will spend time with each of the parents. As our child custody lawyer will explain, there are many issues to be considered when setting up arrangements of this kind. These include the question of which parent lives in a location which is most convenient in terms of the child accessing their school, how many hours per week each parent actually has free to spend looking after their children and whether particulars like these are likely to change in the future. For example, one of the parents may be about to take up a new position which involves them relocating to another part of the country. Clearly, a change such as this would impact hugely on any arrangements made for the care of the children in question.  

In some cases, it may also be necessary to draw up an agreement dealing with the issue of how the parents will contact the children in future, particularly in cases in which the parents themselves are no longer in direct contact. The solution might be something as simple as agreeing a form of messaging such as WhatsApp or email, or selecting a trusted family member who can act as an intermediary between the parents. 

Since the circumstances of every relationship are unique, the details of each custody agreement will be unique. The child custody lawyer you work with at Higgins Miller will be able to bring a combination of legal expertise and hard-won experience when dealing with your case and will know exactly how to deliver advice which is perfectly tailored to your individual circumstances. There’s always the chance that arguments over child custody could flare up again in the future, and that’s why many clients opt to set out what they have agreed in writing. A document of this kind will set the ground rules for future relationships and will provide something concrete for the parents to refer to if disagreements ever arise. If you’d like the security of having a document which is legally binding, then any agreement can be turned into a ‘consent order’, which a court will recognise as long as they agree that the provisions of the agreement are in the best interests of the children. We can advise on exactly how this process works, what the court will be looking for and the kind of fee they will charge.   

If you’d like to speak to a child custody lawyer, or learn more about how the concept of parental responsibility works,  then please call us on 0161 429 7251 or email us at [email protected]. We’ve recently passed our Cyber Essential accreditation, something which demonstrates our forward-thinking attitude and determination to remain ahead of the competition. We offer a 20 minute appraisal free of charge, and if you want to find out more we’ll provide a first appointment for a fixed fee, so you don’t have to worry about how much our advice is going to cost. If you want to find out more about our wider charging system then please take a look here. 

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October 10, 2019