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Father’s Day is often a wonderful celebratory time for many families. It is a day to honour father figures such as grandfathers and fathers-in-law. It can however also be a painful reminder of difficult circumstances if you are unable to spend time with your children on this special day.
Contact and residence matters, now referred to as “child arrangements”, can be a long and emotionally draining journey to reach an agreement or decision as to where a child should live and/or the level of time spent with the non-resident parent . This process is not necessarily free either; there is no public funding for these matters since the legal aid cuts in April 2013 except in cases where there is specific evidence of domestic abuse from a former spouse or partner within the last five years.
It is beneficial for all those involved if matters can be resolved amicably but sadly this is not always possible. Mediation is compulsory prior to issuing court proceedings. Parents are encouraged to try and resolve disputes between themselves before recourse to the Court and if this proves to be ineffective then alternative avenues can be explored.Read more…
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