Family courts have to do everything possible for you to see your children after divorce or separation, and consider residence (formerly custody) if applied for.
Having an amicable relationship with your ex is the best way to build a future and a long lasting relationship with your children, and once contact and residence (custody) issues have been agreed, although not legally binding, it is a good idea to have all of the details concerning contact (who, when, where, or possible restrictions) in writing, to avoid potential conflict in the future.
The court’s aim is to assist fathers to safeguard their children’s welfare, and there are a number of orders that a court can make that are of importance to fathers:
- Shared Residence Order (Joint Custody)
- Residence Order (Custody)
- Parental Responsibility
Disputes Involving Your Children
The following orders are collectively known as s8 orders and they should only be sought during a divorce if they will be of positive benefit to your children.
- Contact Order
- Prohibited Steps Order
- Specific Issue Order
- Family Assistance Order