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Contact Issues

Navigating family law, especially when children are involved, can be overwhelming. Understanding your rights and the court process is crucial. One common challenge our clients encounter is establishing contact arrangements. At Williamsons, we prioritise preserving family connections, especially in cases of separation or divorce.

Dealing with Contact Issues

Before any court application, you must seek mediation. This step is crucial in facilitating a discussion between the parties involved, without taking a side, to see if an agreement can be reached outside of court. If mediation is unsuccessful or deemed unsuitable, we will proceed with the necessary court applications.

The welfare of the children involved takes precedence in any legal proceeding, with the court required to consider several crucial factors:

  • The children’s physical, emotional, and educational needs: Ensuring the well-being and development of the children is paramount.
  • The likely effect of changes in circumstances: Any decision’s impact on the children’s current lifestyle and comfort is critically evaluated.
  • Age, sex, and background of the children: These aspects are important in understanding the specific needs and best interests of the children involved.
  • Any risk of harm: The safety of the children is of utmost concern, and any risk of harm will significantly influence the court’s decisions.

It’s generally held that maintaining contact with both sides of the family serves the best interests of the children, provided there are no concerns regarding their safety.

The legal process for resolving contact issues can be lengthy, often taking up to six months if the case goes to a fully contested hearing. The involvement of CAFCASS (the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service) for reports adds to the time needed to resolve the case, aiming to ensure the children’s safety and best interests are upheld.

Grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact orders and must first seek the court’s permission to apply. This process ensures that only applications with a legitimate foundation progress. The court will consider the nature of the application, the applicant’s relationship with the child, and the potential disruption and harm to the child’s life.

Our experienced solicitors are here to guide you through the complexities of contact issues, offering support and expert advice every step of the way. Whether you’re facing challenges with arranging contact, navigating mediation, or understanding grandparents’ rights, we’re committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for you and your family.

For assistance with contact issues or any other family law matter, please reach out to us directly. We understand the sensitivity of these situations and are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal support.

Contact Williamsons Solicitors on 01482 323 697.

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Kirby

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Lovel

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Knight

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