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Helping your child's mental health

Helping your child's mental health

There's never been a more important time to discuss your child's mental health and as expert child law advice Guildford lawyers, we are best placed to help you with any issues you may be experiencing at this time.  It is far more acceptable and far easier to access help, advice and support for any mental health issues now than at any time before.

Planning contact handovers

Planning contact handovers

Managing your contact handovers can be a stressful time for many newly divorced couples, with a myriad of emotions still bubbling below the surface and it is likely to be the only time you will need to interact with your ex spouse post divorce.  As experienced child law advice Guildford lawyers we can help you to manage this situation successfully.

Helping your children through your divorce

Helping your children through your divorce

Here at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors we have many years of expertise in the field of child law advice Guildford and are well placed to offer you excellent, personal advice pertaining to your case.  In our experience no-one enters into a marriage intending to divorce a few years down the line, but it is an unfortunate statistic that around 1 in 3 couples will end up doing so.

What to do if your arrangements aren't working

What to do if your arrangements aren't working

If you are looking for leading legal advice and representation for any child law advice Guildford issues, then we are here to help.

Helping your child deal with a divorce or separation

Helping your child deal with a divorce or separation
Here at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors we specialise in all areas of child law advice and we understand how challenging a time it can be, for all involved, going through a separation or divorce. We have a wealth of expertise in this field of law and can help you with information and advice to help support both you and your children as you navigate your way through your personal circumstances.
 
We understand how going through a separation or divorce can stir up emotions that you are unfamiliar with, especially negative ones towards your soon to be ex-partner, or even the extended family.  Your children are very prone to picking up these negative vibes from either of you, which can lead them to feeling very confused and upset - they will frequently blame themselves for the break up too, so this needs to handled sensitively.
To help them:
Always make sure you are honest with them. You can tell them, in an age appropriate way, that you both still love them, even if you will no longer all live together and that changes will need to be made.
Make sure they understand that they are still very much loved by all parties.
Ensure you stick to any routines in place and try to ensure that whilst co-parenting, these routines will still be adhered to in each house to avoid confusion and create stability for your children.
Listen to them.  This is vital as they need to know that you are always available to listen to them when they have things they will want to discuss.  Make sure they know they can ask anything on their minds and that you will be open and honest in the answers.
Let them know it is okay for them to feel annoyed, frustrated or angry at times about the situation.
Never speak ill of your ex-partner infront, or in the hearing, of your children. This will lead to confusion with them as they still see you both as parents and love you both. They should never be forced to choose between you, or used as messengers or spies between you both.
One thing you will need to come to an arrangement about, sooner rather than later, is for child contact between both parents. These are called 'Contact Arrangements' and will lay out things like, where and who the child will live with (resident parent) and when/how often they see the non-resident parent. This should be discussed with the children front and centre of any decisions and not used for combative or 'point scoring' by the parents.  Children do far better when they have regular contact with both parents - obviously if there are safeguarding issues then this will need to be handled differently. It is far better for all concerned if you can come to a contact arrangement amicably between yourselves regarding contact, without the need to go to Court, as you know the children better than anyone and should be able to put their welfare and best interests first. If you are unable to come to a mutually agreeable arrangement then you would both need to attend mediation. Medition is held by a trained, independant professional who will listen and liaise between both parties. They are trained to ensure you both have a say in a calm manner and to help you both to put together a planned agreement, which is legally binding, that can work for you both. Sometimes unfortunately mediation doesn't work, usually because one parent refuses to attend for whatever reason (not advisable), or because an agreement is simply impossible to reach. If mediation hasn't succeeded in resolving the issue, then the next step would be for either parent to apply to the courts for a Child Arrangements Order.  This is a legally binding agreement that specifies who the child is to live with; who can have contact with the child; how often and for how long the contact visits are to be. All parties will have a chance to put their cases forward, but ultimately the decision will be the courts and they will always have the childrens welfare as their paramount priority.  If the divorce/separation is acrimonious, or there are mitigating circumstances, the courts may arrange for contact to be held in a contact centre. These provide a safe, friendly environment for parents or other family members to spend time with the children in a neutral environment where neither party has to meet. You are unable to apply straight to the court without having attempted mediation first, this is one of the reasons why it is important to attend any sessions which are arranged. Before you actually get to court, your family will be allocated a CAFCASS (children and family court advisory and support service) officer. Cafcass is an independant agency that looks after the interests of all children involved in family law proceedings. These officers will meet with all family members, including the children and assess any risks to the children. They will report their findings directly to the court and advise what they consider to be in the childrens best interests.
If you do have to go down the Court route it becomes more costly, lengthy and distressing for all involved. As experienced child law advice Guildford lawyers we are best placed to answer any of your child law queries you may have and help you through the process. We will explain all options open to you and help you to come to a mutully agreeable arrangement that works for all your family members.
The courts will always put the childrens welfare first, but they do understand that each family circumstance is individual and will judge each one on it's own merits. They will look at the case and when deciding on the issues of residence and contact they will take into consideration:
The child's age, understanding and character.
How each parent can meet the child's needs.
Has there been any previous issue of harm, or likely to be in the future.
The wishes of the child.
How any changes will affect the child.
Obviously none of the above is an exhaustive list, but you can contact us at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors and we can help to guide you through the process and advise you of any decisions you may need to make and any possible ramifications to them, prior to making them.
With many years of personal and professional experience in the field of child law advice Guildford we can help you to make the best decisions possible.  Call us today on 01483 826470.

CHILDRENS LEGAL RIGHTS

CHILDRENS LEGAL RIGHTS

If you are looking for expert advice from a lawyer specialising in Child Law Advice Guildford and the rights of your children, then Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors should be your first point of call.

Single parents

Single parents

As experts in the field of child law advice Guildford we are here to help with any issues or queries you have in this area of the law.

Deciding on where your child lives

Deciding on where your child lives

Deciding where your children will live post-divorce is an area of child law advice Guildford we specialise in. It can be an incredibly emotive experience and we aim to guide you through it with the minimum of stress and in an easy to understand manner. We can talk you through all the options open to you, including your child’s views, before you need to make any decisions.

Holidaying with your child

Holidaying with your child

With the Christmas school holidays quickly approaching, as the pre-eminent child law advice solicitor in Guildford, we are seeing an increase in queries relating to the position of parents on taking their children away on holidays, often without the consent of the other parent.

Are you searching for Child Law advice Guildford and what we can do for you

Are you searching for Child Law advice Guildford and what we can do for you

Here at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors, we have many years of expertise in child law advice in Guildford and have an excellent reputation for enabling our clients to resolve these potentially difficult cases.  We fully understand the emotions surrounding issues of family law and how upsetting and challenging they can be.

Making arrangements

Making arrangements

Going through a break up which involves children can be an extremely emotional time, so here at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors, we are on hand to give you the very best child law advice in Guildford. You may experience feelings of anger, stress, frustration or feel that you simply cannot cope with the situation and want to go and hide somewhere – don’t worry, you are perfectly normal and we can help you through these testing times with our wealth of experience. You can find it difficult to make decisions, but take it easy on yourself and you will come out the other side.

Local authority concerns

Local authority concerns

If your local authority has serious concerns over the welfare of your child you will need child law advice Guildford as a matter of urgency. We can help you through the minefield of any child law issues you are currently experiencing and are best placed to help you and your family receive the best advice and support available to you.

Children’s best interests

Children’s best interests

Here at Gregorian Emerson Family law Solicitors we are experienced in all areas of Child law advice Guildford and can help you to make decisions, based on your child’s best interests, after a divorce.

Changing a child's name

Changing a child's name

If you are looking for Child Law Advice in Guildford regarding how to change your child's name, usually as a result of a divorce or separation, then we have some helpful information for you.

Mental health

Mental health

Today we are taking a look at child law advice Guildford and mental health. There is a lot of 'buzz' around mental health in the media at the moment and a lot more awareness of the issues surrounding it. Indeed it is far more acceptable and easier to obtain information, help and advice regarding the issue than ever before.

A child's legal rights

A child's legal rights

When it comes to Child Law Advice in Guildford and the rights of your children, then Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors should be your first point of call. With many years of experience in this delicate area, we are well placed to help you with any queries you may have and can guide you through all legal processes you may be going through.

Adoption

Adoption

Here at Gregorian Emerson Family law solicitors, we are well placed to give you the expert advice you need on all matters relating to Child law advice Guildford issues. Today we are taking a look at adoption and will cover off some of the most frequent questions we are asked below.

Managing contact handovers

Managing contact handovers

Contact handovers can be a very emotive area of Child law advice Guildford. No-one likes to be apart from their child, but if the parents are now separated then this will unfortunately, become a reality for at least a part of their time. Children have a legal right to spend time with both parents, subject to parental responsibility, so you will need to put your personal feelings aside and learn how to manage the handovers to avoid conflict and make them as easy and comfortable for your children as they can possibly be.

Telling your children about a divorce

Telling your children about a divorce

Here at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors we deal with Child law advice Guildford on a daily basis. It it is a sad statistic of today's society that around 1 in 3 marriages will end in divorce and it is a painful thing to go through, not just for you as the adults, but for any children involved too.

How to help your child through a divorce

How to help your child through a divorce

How to help with Child law advice Guildford and helping your child through a divorce. No-one goes into a marriage expecting to divorce a few years later, but it is a sad fact that in today’s society at least 1 in 3 will end up doing so. Many of these marriages will have produced children and they will also be caught up in the divorce process.

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