Often when a relationship breaks down and there are children involved, issues of child contact agreements and arranging access can create problems. If you are not having regular child contact with your children or are concerned that there is a lot of uncertainty as to when contact takes place, then we can help you.
We have a team of experts able to help you, even if you have to apply for a Child Contact Agreement, we can work with you to reach the best child contact agreements for you and your child.
If you do not have Parental Responsibility, we can explain how it can be obtained and what your rights, duties and responsibilities are.
What are Child Contact Agreements?
It is of overriding importance for any children involved to have a stable and safe place to live.
When a relationship does break down between two parents, it is more than likely that the child will live primarily with one parent and the other will maintain ‘contact’ at regular, pre-arranged intervals, for example, at weekends.
If a break-up is amicable this can be arranged quite easily, however, if there is animosity between the parents then arranging future child contact agreements can often end up going to Court.
Do we have to go to Court to sort out Child Contact Agreements?
One option to avoid going to Court can be mediation and here at Ringrose Law we have a Family Mediation team who can work with you to try and resolve any issues you may have about child contact arrangements, without having to go to Court.
The Mediation process in Family Law gives you a safe environment within which you can negotiate. This can be less stressful than the Court proceedings and can produce an outcome that you tailor to your own family, rather than having an outcome imposed upon you by the Court.
If Family Mediation and negotiations between yourselves are not effective, then it may be necessary to go to court to get the issues of child arrangements resolved.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or want some initial advice on child contact agreements.
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