Separations or divorce can be extremely distressing for all the people involved. Yet, there is an additional issue that causes worry for couples when their marriage come to an end – who gets custody of the child or children?
This area of family law requires more delicacy than other areas, as the overall aim involves the welfare of children and should benefit their well-being in the long term. Child custody is only an avenue that is undertaken when amicable solutions between the parents has broken down, so this procedure requires a professional and understanding approach.
At Coyle White Devine, our family solicitors in Amersham are experienced in helping families resolve child custody issues in a clear and compassionate way.
What is child custody?
Child custody is a ruling by a magistrate or family panel that determines which parent a child or children should live with. It is based on a variety of factors, such as the child’s feelings and which environment is better suited for their needs. If you feel your child would be happier in your care, our family solicitors in Amersham will aim to sway the magistrate’s decision in your favour and win you custody of your child.
Child custody also sets down rules about access rights to the parent who has been refused custody, such as how often they can see their child and in which type of setting.
Different types of custody
It is an unfortunate fact that in some instances, there may be other issues to consider when undertaking a child custody procedure. At Coyle White Devine, our family solicitors in Amersham have experienced many different types of custody battles and have extensive knowledge on the different areas that will impact the magistrate’s position. Depending on your position, they can advise you on how to gain or retain access to your child.
Joint custody of a child is the preferred solution to a child custody issue as it offers the child access to both parents which promotes well-being. There are two separate types of joint custody; joint legal custody and joint physical custody.
Joint legal custody allows both parents to make legal decisions about their child, including which doctor’s surgery they attend, which school they go to etc. As these decisions need to be made by both parents, they will need to be in regular contact.
Joint physical custody involves which parent the child physically lives with. Typical arrangements involve a child spending alternate weekends at one parent’s house, summer holidays or other special occasions. Once again, this needs to be discussed and formalised between the two parents.
If you are looking for sole custody of your child, this can entail a frustrating and challenging set of procedures and hearings to be got through. Our solicitors will defend your stance on why joint custody is no longer an option and why you can provide a better environment for your child.