Changes in private family law proceedings in respect of children are in the process of being made which are intended to promote the resolution of disputes away from the Courts wherever possible. The main changes which are to be introduced by the provisions are:
Further, separated parents are encouraged to enter into a Parenting Agreement. This will set out their arrangements for the care of their children following their separation. It is suggested that a signed Parenting Agreement may have a part to play in any subsequent parental dispute.
It appears that the new framework is built on the understanding that the key to good parenting is an appreciation of the other parent’s role in a child’s life. If parents are able to cooperate and work together to prepare a Parenting Agreement after separation, this may mean Court proceedings are unnecessary. However where Court Applications are seen as necessary, it may be that any previous Parenting Agreement reached can assist the courts in dealing with the case in the child’s best interests.
Should you wish to enter into a Parenting Agreement please contact Karen-Lee Watts or Zoe Gaitskell on 01404 548050 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com who will be happy to advise you on your position.