Any decision regarding a child can be emotive – and this is especially true for parents that have separated. In addition to coming to an agreement regarding the day-to-day care for children, there are also decisions regarding holidays and schooling to contend with.
With the courts being so delayed, there is a backlog of cases – which can make it difficult for parents to get a decision in time for the start of the summer holidays or the start of the new school year.
First and foremost, it is important to consider all of the options available to you and to try and keep the child’s interests at the forefront. A decision regarding children should never be about point scoring between you and your ex-partner and it is likely you will need to strike a balance between what is convenient to you and what is in the best interests of your children.
In some cases, it may be possible to reach an agreement with the other parent without the need for court action. This can often be aided by mediation or by a family law solicitor giving guidance and corresponding on the disputed issues. As well as reducing the cost and time taken to resolve the issue, this route can help to maintain a cooperative relationship between parents.
If an agreement cannot be reached, then court action may be necessary. In this case, it is important to act quickly and make sure you have the right legal representation. This will give you the best chance of making sure the court has enough time to make a decision before the start of the summer holidays or primary/secondary school.
If you are facing an issue regarding your children, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Gianna Lisiecki-Cunane a solicitor and director at O’Donnell Solicitors can advise you as to the current wait times in the family courts and will be able to provide the right advice and support to ensure that the issue is resolved in enough time for the court to make the decision.
For further advice, contact Gianna Lisiecki-Cunane, a solicitor and director at O’Donnell Solicitors, on 01457761883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.