If you have children, and your relationship breaks down, you will want to ensure that their physical and emotional well-being comes first. Our experienced team of family law solicitors can advise on private childcare arrangements.
When parents separate, it can be difficult for both parties to reach amicable decisions about the care and well-being of their child or children. At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we believe that in most instances parents are the best people to make decisions about their children, but we understand this can be difficult when communication has broken down between parents and emotions are affecting their decisions.
Our private childcare arrangements service
We work with parents to try and reach an agreement about private childcare arrangements through negotiation and mediation, before going through the courts. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which an independent and impartial mediator will assist both parties to reach a workable outcome and avoid the need for costly and lengthy court proceedings. Mediation should be considered, and ideally attempted, as a way of resolving issues before going to court. If court becomes necessary we work with parents through the court process to achieve a child focused outcome. Typical types of private childcare arrangements include:
- Where the child/ren will live;
- The time a child/ren will spend with each parent;
- What school the child/ren will attend;
- Decisions to be made about medical procedures;
- Parent asking for additional financial support;
- Issues that impact on the child’s or children’s day-to-day life; and
- Taking the child/ren out of the country.
Our large family law team has a vast amount of knowledge in private childcare arrangements and extensive experience in working with parents and those with an interest in the physical and emotional well-being of the child or children. This ensures that the child’s best interests are taken into account and that a successful outcome is achieved. We also assist extended family members who want to be considered as guardians for, or seek to have contact with, a child or children.
As one of the West Midlands most successful and respected law firms, our solicitors are passionate about delivering expert legal advice to support you to achieve a successful resolution to your legal issue. Our advice is practical, clear, and we work with our clients to guide them through every step of the legal process. Our experienced teams have the knowledge, experience and sensitivity to assist individuals and their families through periods of uncertainty and difficulty.
If you would like further information about private childcare arrangements or how our family law team can help you, please get in touch.
Are courts obliged to enforce parenting plans?
Parenting plans are an effective dispute avoidance tool that is encouraged by the Family Court, particularly at a time where the latest statistics tell us that 36% of all parties in private law family cases are unrepresented.
Despite allegations of aged old paternalism, courts are increasingly turning to empowerment of the litigants to reach an agreement themselves, reducing the need for costly and time-consuming final hearings. In my experience, parties are unlikely to reach an agreement without prompting from their solicitors.
A parenting plan is a menu of conversation prompts that enables parents to discuss all aspects of their children’s’ lives, both current and future, and can be disclosed to the court in the event of a dispute. It is designed to pre-empt disagreement and multiple court applications on everything from schooling to the introduction of new partners. A helpful leaflet and template is provided by Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service); you can find out more about parenting plans here.
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