How to Approach Family Law Disputes When Children Are Involved
Family law disputes are extremely difficult situations in themselves and the involvement of children can make this even more difficult. In all situations where children are involved – courts and decisions will always be in favour of what is best for the children – and it’s very important to act in their best interests when reaching decisions regarding your children.
We understand the difficulties that you may face when approaching a family law dispute in which children are involved. There are correct ways in which you should approach a family law dispute should children be involved as well as how to proceed to reach amicable solutions in their best interests.
Our family law experts in Cardiff are fully equipped to assist with family law disputes involving children and can advise you during this understandably difficult time. If you are dealing with or have a family law case in Cardiff, get in touch with a member of our team today using a contact form on our website or telephone now.
Approaching a Family Law Dispute When Children are Involved
Children are unfortunately prone to take the brunt of a divorce or separation and may feel that they are to blame or that the world as they know it is slipping away from them. This is why it’s very important to take a careful and considered approach when discussing a separation or divorce with your children. There are several aspects that you need to consider or look out for when discussing this sensitive issue with children:
- Reassure children that it is not their fault and that their parents are not abandoning them. This is one of the key feelings that children may feel when they are informed that their parents are no longer together and it’s important to support them.
- Do not lie and be honest when discussing this issue with children. However – take an age-appropriate approach as you will need to change your approach for various ages. Younger children may take the news differently to older children but both pose potential challenges.
- Do not argue in front of your children. Leave any discussions relating to your arrangements for the divorce or separation in private and if you are unable to communicate amicably – communicate in a legal capacity such as mediation or in a legal meeting/court. Do not involve children in the conversation as this may make them feel as if they need to pick a side. Ensure that they know you will both support them together regarding difficult decisions.
- Ensure a proper visitation plan and arrangements are agreed before discussing this with your children. This can provide them with stability and lets them know the routine without feeling as if they are being uprooted from everyday life.
Reaching Decisions Regarding Your Children
You may wish to create a visitation plan as well as draw up agreements for maintenance payments and agreements as to where your child or children may live. This can be one of the most disputed areas of agreement apart from arranging for finances so it’s important to have legal representation so that you are acting in your children’s best interests. In some cases or in amicable separations – you may find that it is easy to make decisions for your children and you can therefore arrange for agreements without having to go to court and in rare cases without a solicitor.
However, if you are finding it very difficult to reach agreements or if a partner is uncooperative then you more than likely will need to go through court or seek mediation if this is appropriate. It’s highly recommended to seek the advice or representation of a family law solicitor regardless of your situation as they can support you during this difficult time.
Children After a Divorce or Separation is Finalised
It’s highly likely that children will be affected by a divorce or separation and each child will be affected in a different way. This is why it’s important to take an informed and pragmatic approach that is appropriate to each child. We are able to advise and support you during this difficult time and can advise you on the approach to your divorce or separation that is appropriate to your situation.
If you are dealing with or have a family law case in Cardiff, get in touch with a member of our team today using a contact form on our website or telephone now.
Hurlows Family Law Practice is a valued and respected Firm of Solicitors which has been serving the Cardiff and South Wales area since 2001.