At Blacks we understand that for parents their primary concern when separating will be their children. Dealing with arrangements for the children can be extremely emotive. Your relationship as parents will continue after your separation so finding a constructive approach to the issues relating to your children is crucial.
It is commonly accepted that arrangements reached by agreement are more successful than those imposed by a third party. At Blacks we will encourage you to negotiate to find solutions that work best for you. We pride ourselves on our holistic view, offering whatever method works best for the family involved. If negotiations break down, however, we have the expertise to guide you through the Court process.
The guiding principle applied by the Court in all matters concerning children is that the child’s welfare will always be the paramount consideration. All decisions that the Court makes will be focused on what they consider to be in the child’s best interests.
In establishing what is in the best interests of the child the Court may involve CAFCASS (Child and Family Court Advisory Service) or social services to investigate matters fully and provide their findings to the Court.