At Banner Jones we provide expert advice on how to cope with a divorce if you have children.
You know your children better than anyone else and as a parent you are best placed to make the important decisions for them, but there may be times you need more advice and support regarding children and divorce.
If you have children and you are getting divorced, separating or your cohabitation is breaking up we can advise you on a wide range of issues relating to children.
As far as possible, we can help you reach an amicable agreement which is always based upon what is in the children’s best interests. However, where necessary, we can apply to the courts to appropriate orders.
Our divorce and separation specialists in Chesterfield, Dronfield, Mansfield and Sheffield are here to guide you every step of the way.
For some examples of common issues and problems and how we can assist you click on the link.
- Parental Responsibility - What rights and responsibilities do both parents have?
- Child Arrangements Order (Formerly Residence & Contact Orders) - Where should the children live and who should be the children’s primary carer? What time should the children spend with each adult?
- Mediation - Non-court based process with trained neutral mediators
- Collaborative law - Non-court based lawyer supported negotiation
- Applying to Court
- Care Proceedings - Where there is social services intervention in the Children’s care
Frequently Asked Questions
Non-residential parents have to pay maintenance for their children; hopefully the amount can be agreed though negotiation and if not then the CSA will decide. Each case is different. If for example the Mum and the children stay in the family home then she may relinquish her claims over any other assets such as pension and savings in return.
There is a 12 month barring rule which means you can start the divorce process after being married for 1 year. In England you can get divorced if your marriage has broken down irretrivably, usually proved by allegations of adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or if there has been 2 years' of continously living apart.
If the bank allows, it is possible for your aunt to name you as a third party on her bank account. This will allow you to withdraw funds and sign cheques on her behalf. We can help your aunt complete the mandate form required to put this in place.
No. Sometimes it may feel as though this has happened. The aim when sharing out matrimonial assets is to be fair. Both spouses have to make full disclosure about their assets and debts before any decisions can be made about distribution, trying to hide anything won't work. Factors which are important when sharing out the assets include the current and future needs of each spouse and any dependent children; the length of marriage and the age, earning capacity and contributions of each party.
Your aim should be that both parents still play an active part in the raising of the child/children. Usually parents sort this out amongst themselves, although if there are problems mediation can be a good way to resolve this. Going to Court should always be the last resort where children are involved.
No, getting a divorce should be an administrative excersise only and there are many options open to you that avoid going to Court.
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