Separation can be a very emotional and stressful time for all involved. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be particularly difficult to adjust to changing circumstances and routines. As a result, the separation of their parents can be especially difficult to handle.
It is important for separating parents to try and reach an agreement on arrangements for care of the children. However, ASD can complicate contact arrangements. For instance, night time routines can be disrupted by overnight contact and a change in routine can be very unsettling for a child with ASD. As a result, parents of a child with ASD can often struggle to agree to arrangements that work for the child as well as for them.
If parents are unable to agree arrangements for the care of the child, it may be necessary to issue court proceedings to ask the court to decide. The circumstances of any one case are always different and so it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.
Our family solicitors have experience advising parents of children with Austism Spectrum Disorder. They are also members of Resolution so they are committed to resolving disputes regarding children in a non-confrontational and constructive way.
If you require legal advice on issues surrounding contact arrangements for a child with ASD or any other aspect of family law, please contact one of our specialist solicitors on 0161 941 4000.