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Child Arrangements, Residence and Contact Legal advice on child arrangements, residence and contact from solicitors based in Milton Keynes

When a relationship breaks down, an agreement will need to be reached in respect of children and how they are to be parented. A child arrangements order replaces what was formerly referred to as a residence and contact order.

Arrangements for children will deal with issues such as where a child will live, how much time they will spend with each parent, how they will stay in touch with each parent while they are not with them and what will happen in the school holidays.

The court prefers that these details are worked out between the parents wherever possible. At Milton Keynes-based Heald Solicitors we can represent you in negotiations with your child’s other parent to try and agree on arrangements that are in your child’s best interests as well as being acceptable to you.

Our family law team understand that making arrangements for your children is often the hardest part of a separation or divorce. We will do all we can to support you and provide the advice and guidance that you need throughout.

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Working together to support and effectively help children through this time is generally beneficial for everyone concerned.

Putting a Child Arrangements Order in place

Ideally, both parents will be able to agree on parenting issues together and put these into a parenting plan. Working together to support and effectively help children through this time is generally beneficial for everyone concerned.

Once a plan has been agreed upon, there is the option of having it sealed by the court so that it becomes a legally binding child arrangements order. This can be reassuring for the future as it will give you the certainty of knowing that there are legally binding arrangements in place

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When agreement cannot be reached

If you cannot reach an agreement over any or all of the issues involved then the next step is to attend mediation. A neutral mediator will work with both parents to try and help them find a resolution together.

If an agreement still cannot be reached, then we can ask the court to decide the matter and put a child arrangements order in place.

The court will look at what is in the best interests of the child when reaching a decision, to include the following:

  • The wishes and feelings of the child, in the light of their age and understanding
  • Their physical, emotional and educational needs
  • The ability of the parents to meet those needs
  • The effect on the child of any change in circumstances
  • The child’s age and sex and any other relevant characteristics
  • Any risk of harm that there may be to the child
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For expert advice regarding child arrangements, residence and contact, get in touch with our team of family solicitors

Our family law team are experts in dealing with child arrangements issues, including negotiations and bringing court action.

While our office is in Milton Keynes, we are experienced in working with clients throughout England and Wales, often remotely, meaning that you can expect the same expert legal advice and excellent client care wherever you are located

If you would like to speak to one of our family law solicitors, please get in touch with our legal expert Keshini Rajendra.

01908 662 277
keshini.rajendra@healdlaw.com
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Why choose Heald Solicitors to be your family law solicitors?

At Heald Solicitors, our family law team understands how difficult the situation is. We are friendly and approachable, and we will make sure we provide the support you need throughout your time with us.

We have an in-depth understanding of family law and legal processes involved in all aspects of divorce, separation, children and finances and we will take the time to get to know you and your particular circumstances so that we can provide bespoke advice and guidance. We know how daunting the legal process can feel, so our aim is to demystify the legalities of your case. In situations where financial arrangements and children issues are complex, we do our utmost to prevent you from being overwhelmed by working to untangle things piece by piece.

Our team will work proactively to ensure that your case is dealt with efficiently and effectively. We will ensure that we are available to speak to you as needed to discuss progress and to answer any queries you may have.

We are based in Milton Keynes, but our leading reputation means that we also deal extensively with clients from the surrounding areas and beyond, communicating remotely where necessary.

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