How divorce law affects the child


When a married couple split up, the legal procedures which follow tend to be some of the most emotional conflicts in the legal field. This is even more so the case when the dispute involves the couple’s child. Divorce law provides a certain legal framework within which parents operate when finalising their arrangements. This enables the couple to have a certain amount of insight into what the court is likely to decide in their case.

It should be noted that in most cases the courts are seen as a last resort. There are many alternatives for resolving a dispute which do not involve attending court, but these options still operate under the legal framework of divorce law. Child-related disputes tend to end up in court because unlike monetary issues, for example, a child cannot be evenly shared. In order to avoid court proceedings one parent must agree on his or her own volition not to live with their child anymore. It is understandable, therefore, that parents are often unable to reach a decision without the court’s intervention.

If you are going through a divorce you should be aware of all your rights as a parent. Under divorce law, child custody and child support are often the main issues in dispute. The court can give an order for the child to live with you or your ex-partner, it can decide on specific issues in the child’s life (such as school), it can specify visitation rights and it can forbid specific actions by you or your ex. In order to get the most out of the legal process it is crucial that you are fully aware of the legal framework, and how it will affect your case. Speaking to a professional can ensure that you go through the process without any unpleasant surprises. 

If you would like to obtain legal advice on divorce law, Caven can put you in touch with a local family / child law solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local family / child law solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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