Recent Cafcass statistics show that in November and December 2015 they received 12% more cases from applications to the court about the arrangements for children than they received in the same months the year before.
Court applications for arrangements for children are usually to deal with where the child will live or who the child will spend time with. The figures are worrying as they suggest that more people are having to resort to court proceedings as they are unable to resolve these matters amicably between themselves.
The court process can be extremely lengthy and costly. The children may have to be interviewed by a Cafcass officer and a judge will make the final decision to determine the arrangements for the children. It is not uncommon for the outcome to be what neither parent wants.
If you are struggling to agree arrangements for the children with your partner directly by yourself, you may find that attending mediation together could help you reach an agreement in an amicable and non-confrontational way.
At Myerson, we appreciate that the separation process is a stressful and emotional time. Our expert family law solicitors can help you negotiate arrangements for children but we can also refer you to family mediation, which may help you resolve the dispute in a constructive and non-confrontational way without having to resort to costly court proceedings.
If you require legal advice regarding your children, or would like further information on the issues raised in this article, please contact one of our specialist family solicitors on 0161 941 4000.