When a family breaks down, it’s inevitably a difficult time and understandably, very important that any children involved are still supported both emotionally and financially. Time spent with each parent should enable the children to thrive.
We advise parents to try and mutually agree through direct discussions the arrangements for children, such as where your children will live and how much time they will spend with each of their parents. It is important that parents work together and be flexible as this reduces the possibility for any confrontation.
You do not have to do any official paperwork if you agree on arrangements. However, if you do wish to make your agreement legally binding, a solicitor can help with the paperwork by drafting a consent order.
A consent order is a legal document that confirms your agreement. It can include details about how you’ll look after your children, such as:
- where they live
- when they spend time with each parent
- when and what other types of contact take place (phone calls, for example)
Child maintenance is a set payment made from one parent to another to cover living expenses and is calculated based on different criteria and circumstances. ( The government has an online calculator).
Ideally, parents are encouraged to agree on the amount of maintenance on a voluntary basis without the need for external sources. If this is not possible, an application can be made to the CMS (Child Maintenance Service). The CMS is a government-run agency that arranges and collects maintenance payments.
We understand that at times, there maybe disagreements, tensions could be high and you may need guidance on how to navigate your own personal situation.
For further advice, please contact our specialist family law team on 01792 468684 or email email@example.com.