Child Arrangement Orders
Along with negotiating your financial settlement, making arrangements for your children is the most significant part of the divorce process.
Do I have to go to Court to make arrangements for my children after divorce?
The English family law system is focused on supporting parents to decide between themselves who their children will predominantly live with and when the other parent will have access. Court proceedings are expensive and stressful and may increase animosity between you and your ex-partner. Studies show that when parents are left to decide amongst themselves on how their children are cared for, the solutions they agree on are more likely to stick compared to those imposed by the Court. We are committed to helping you work out arrangements for your children without going to Court.
However, if you are in a situation where alternative disputes resolution methods such as negotiation and mediation are not appropriate (for example, you are the victim of domestic abuse) we will meticulously prepare for your Court proceedings and fight tenaciously to achieve the outcome you want.
What is a Parenting Plan?
If you have worked out arrangements for your children, you may want to consider having a Parenting Plan drafted by our Child Arrangement Solicitors. A Parenting Plan sets out what you and your ex-partner have agreed and can be as detailed or concise as you like. It can include, for example:
- who your children will live with (the resident parent)
- when they will spend time with the non-resident parent and with extended family (grandparents, aunties, uncles)
- whether shared care will take place and how it will be achieved
- child maintenance payments
- how to agree on issues around your children’s education, religious education, mental health, and healthcare
- how you, as parents, will talk and share information in the future
- how you will divide up school holidays, Christmas, birthdays etc
- how you might introduce new partners into the children’s lives
- how you will deal with any disputes that arise
A Parenting Plan is not legally binding unless you both voluntarily want it to be. You will need to obtain a Court Order to achieve this. Our Solicitors can review your Parenting Plan and explain the consequences of making it legally binding.
Why choose us?
Years of experience has taught us that people and circumstances change. What you agree now concerning your children may not work in two, three, or five years time. We are always available to help you and your partner overcome disputes that may develop unexpectedly.
People choose and recommend us because we care about them, their children, and their future. We are focused on results and achieving them in the most cost-effective, non-confrontational way possible. Our Family Law Solicitors will take care of your legal concerns so you can focus on yourself and your children.
To talk to us about making arrangements for your children following your divorce, please contact us using the form below.
Meet your 'Child Arrangement Orders' specialists
The team to guide you through your legal needs.
Depending upon the complexity we are able to offer fixed fees in some cases. In other cases our solicitors chargethe following hourly rate:
- Partner/Member SolicitorHourly rate of £250 + VAT
- Senior Solicitor or Head of Dept: (PQE 8yr+)Hourly rate of £225 + VAT
- Assistant Solicitor/Fee Earner (PQE 3/7yr)Hourly rate of £200 + VAT
- Newly Qualified Fee Earner (PQE 1/3yr)Hourly rate of £170 + VAT
- Paralegals/TraineesHourly rate of £120 + VAT
- Support ParalegalsHourly rate of £100 + VAT