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Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

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Family Law

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Any issue or dispute affecting a family can be difficult and upsetting, but when children are involved, the situation becomes even more stressful.

Myers & Co Family Law solicitors can offer specialist legal advice on all areas relating to child arrangements and child custody. However, it is important to note that the court will only make an order in relation to a child when it is in their best interests. This will be the paramount consideration and will take precedence over the wishes of the parents.

If you’re involved in a dispute that involves children, it is essential that you take professional, legal advice as early as possible. Doing so will help to ensure that they are protected and that any decisions made on their behalf are in their very best interests.

Orders of court

A parent can make an application for a range of court orders without the permission of the other parent. However, prior to making your application to the court you must attend mediation, unless you are eligible for an exemption.

Mediation

Mediation is where both parties discuss the arrangements for the children or any other issues with respect to their welfare. If an agreement can be reached at mediation there will be no need to make an application to the court, unless a legally binding order is required.

What orders can the court make?

  • Child arrangement orders – determines where a child should live and who they should spend time with.
  • Specific issue orders – lays out a specific aspect of a child’s upbringing (ie, what school they should attend).
  • Prohibited steps orders– one party can apply to stop the other doing something in relation to the child.

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Your child’s best interests and wellbeing will always be your priority and Myers & Co are here to advise and assist you if you would like to make an application to the court.

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