When couples separate it can be a very stressful time particularly where children are involved. Ideally parents should make decisions between themselves as to what is best for the child after separation. Mediation is a process where parents can be assisted...
If you have recently separated whether you were married or living as an unmarried couple and you are facing a dispute with the mother or father of your child regarding decisions relating to your child's life, we can provide you with specialist advice, call us on 0203 816 0548.
Our family team has over 40 specialists and we have one of the largest numbers of solicitors on the Children Panel.
In a marriage both the mother and father are considered equally responsible for important decisions relating to their child and both have parental responsibility. However, the rules differ if your child was born to unmarried parents prior to 1st December 2003. In this instance the mother as always has full parental responsibility. The father will only have parental responsibility if registered on the child's birth certificate.
You may have a dispute or want to have an opportunity to input into key decisions that relate to your child which may include: Where the child lives, how they are educated, medical treatment, religion, travel and living abroad. Without parental responsibility you cannot have input into these aspects.