Child Custody & Child Arrangement Orders
Burt Brill & Cardens are highly experienced family law solicitors in Brighton. If you have unanswered questions around child custody and need legal advice you can trust us to look after your interests and those of your family.
Contact our family law solicitors for a free initial consultation about any child contact issues on 01273 604123 or contact us via the enquiry form to the right of this page.
During and after a divorce or separation, there are often complicated and painful issues around child custody. It can be an extremely difficult time as you and the other parent attempt to agree on who your children will live with and where, and the amount and type of contact each parent should have.
As child custody solicitors, Burt Brill & Cardens are here to help you through this stressful period. We provide professional mediation services so that you and the other parent have the best chance of resolving these issues amicably.
Child contact can be one of the most difficult points of contention following a divorce or separation. Contact is the time a child will spend with a parent and can take different forms including:
- Direct face-to-face contact with the adult named in the Order
- Overnight staying contact
- Supervised contact (sometimes at a contact centre)
- Indirect contact – by cards or letter
- Contact by electronic communications, e.g., Skype, Facetime, or e-mail.
Child contact should also take account of time spent with children during school holidays and occasions like birthdays and Christmas.
Child Arrangement Orders
Child Arrangement Orders (CAO) can set out the following:-
- With whom the child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact
- Where the child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person
A Child Arrangement Order may state the person with whom the child is to live, but not specifically where. It may also state how a child will share their time between parents, but this will not necessarily be equally. The amount of time will depend on the child’s age, their needs and the practical arrangements. Babies and toddlers tend to have less contact time than young children and teenagers.
Note: Child Arrangement Orders replaced Residence and Contact Orders.
Child Custody Solutions
At Burt Brill & Cardens, our solicitors use their experience to help you reach amicable solutions through negotiation and mediation without the need to enter the court system. A full range of options is explored including mediation and collaborative law in order to reach a resolution.
Mediation is a requirement that you must fulfil before making an application to the courts. It can be highly effective in child contact issues, creating a dialogue between you and the other parent. This can be beneficial further down the line when both parents are required to communicate around issues that affect the child’s future.
Our solicitors can support you with any of the following:
- Child Arrangement Orders
- Child Custody and Contact matters
- Child maintenance payments
- Relocation abroad
Why Burt Brill & Cardens
Burt Brill & Cardens is home to a team of professional mediators who are experienced at opening communication channels and creating an environment where options can be discussed constructively. If negotiations do breakdown irreconcilably then our solicitors are highly effective at representing you in court. We will always keep you informed at every stage of the process and work to achieve the best outcome for you and your children.