If you are going through a separation for divorce, ensuring your children’s interests are put first will no doubt be uppermost in your mind.

In many of the cases we deal with the parties are able to come to an arrangement over children amicably. If so, there is no requirement to go to court or even to complete any official paperwork however, if you want to ensure that the arrangement is legally binding in order to minimise any future problems, we can draft a consent order setting out the terms of agreement such as where the children will live and what the contact arrangements are. The consent order will need to be signed by both parties and approved by the court, at which time it becomes legally binding.

If you have tried to come to an agreement with your spouse but have been unable to do so, you are required to seek assistance from a trained mediator before you go to court (please see our page on mediation). If an agreement cannot be reached via mediation then our trained solicitors will assist you through the court process. Our solicitors have experience in all types of issues involving children including:

  • Custody
  • Contact arrangements
  • Financial maintenance

How can I minimise the effects of divorce on my children?

Ongoing conflict between parents, especially when it is focused on the children, is detrimental to everyone involved. We aim to resolve your case as quickly as possible so your children can get settled into their new routine. If you feel that they are not coping well, we can help you access support for your children then we can help you access support for your children through counsellors and family therapists.

To help to minimise the impact of divorce on your children it helps to:

  • Come to an agreement as soon as possible
  • Ensure children go back into a normal routine with minimal fuss
  • Reduce the number of changes
  • Prepare children for change
  • Manage conflict
  • Offer support such as counselling

How can Wheldon Law help?

We understand how difficult the breakdown of a relationship can be for all family members. We are here to support you through the process and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

We offer an initial consultation lasting up to one hour, for a fixed-fee of £225 plus VAT. This way you can get some preliminary advice from an experienced family solicitor who will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a step by step plan moving forwards.

For advice regarding child arrangements, please call us on 01442 242999 or email us at enquiry@wheldonlaw.co.uk for free initial telephone advice.