Farleys Solicitors has a specialist team of family law solicitors who provide expert advice on arrangements for a child or children including who they should live with and who a child or children should see.
‘Sole custody’ and ‘joint custody’ have not existed in English law since 1991. Sole custody was where the child lives with one parent only and became known as Sole Residence. Joint custody was where the child split his or her time between both parents and became referred to as Shared Residence. At the same time ‘Access’ rights for a child changed in name to ‘Contact’. In April 2014, Residence and Contact orders were replaced by Child Arrangements Orders. A Child Arrangement Order can specify who a child lives with and the time a child spends with another person.
A specialist child law solicitor from Farleys Solicitors can help resolve disputes over where children should live and when they should see the other parent or siblings. In the event of a divorce or the breakdown of a relationship, we always advise clients to try and agree the usual arrangements for children without the intervention of the court.
Typically, both parents will share decisions for children and will agree where the child lives. In many instances the child will primarily live with one parent and spend weekend time and holidays with the other parent, although in some instances the child may share his or her time more evenly between parents.
We also advise on other issues regarding a child’s welfare such as where children should go to school, or the legal issues relating to one parent moving away with a child within the UK or abroad.