Dorset Solicitors for business and personal life
Phone 01202 294411 // firstname.lastname@example.org
We can advise you on issues in relation to residence and contact issues on separation from your partner.
Residence is where your child will live and contact allows visiting rights to the other parent.
These issues need to be discussed between you and your former partner to try and agree the arrangements for the children. We will consider these issues with you and negotiate with your former partner or their Solicitors. We will also advise you whether mediation may be suitable to try and resolve the outstanding issues between you and your former partner. If negotiation or mediation does not resolve the issues then a Court application can be made.
When deciding issues of residence and contact the Court’s paramount concern is that of the children’s welfare. The Court will follow a welfare checklist which looks at the following issues:-
When a child is aged 9 or over the Court will also take into account their wishes and feelings, and greater weight will be given to these wishes and feelings the older the child is.
The child’s wishes and feelings are represented at Court by the CAFCASS Officer (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) who are often ordered to prepare written reports for the Court and to make a recommendation on the issues when a dispute arises between the parents. Nicola Bennetts is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Children Law.
If you require any further information please telephone to arrange either a free half hour initial interview, or for a fixed fee interview, details of which can be provided on request. We can also ascertain if you are likely to be eligible for public funding.
13 Christchurch Road
DX 7641 Bournemouth