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Relationship breakdown can be one of the most stressful periods you may have to go through. As well as the emotional impact, you will have all the practical and financial matters to consider at a time when you may be feeling vulnerable.
If you have children you will want to make sure you have sound agreements in place so that any future arrangements can run as smoothly as possible.
At JFS our family and relationship lawyers have many years experience of working with clients in this position. You can be assured of our compassion and sensitivity at this difficult time, helping you to reach a satisfactory resolution with the minimum of stress.
We are also members of Resolution, the professional association for family justice professionals so we seek to maintain high standards of customer care at all times.
JFS can provide advice and support with:
- Civil partnerships
- Children proceedings
- Financial settlements
- Co-habitation issues
- Family arbitration
Disputes involving Children
One of your prime concerns following a relationship breakdown will be the effect on your children. The courts act in the best interests of the children and are usually eager for parents to work together to reach an amicable agreement.
Under the law, married couples have equal rights with regard to parental responsibility. If the couple weren’t married the father will still have parental responsibility if he was named on the child’s birth certificate. N.B. this relates to birth certificates that were registered after 1/12/03. Where the father doesn’t have parental responsibility, he can apply to the courts for a Parental Responsibility Order.