It seems you can’t read/watch the news without reading/hearing about another divorce. Recently Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow ‘consciously uncoupled’. Citing that there children were the most important aspect.
It is preferable that a divorce goes amicably and here at McCorry Connolly Solicitors we like to ensure that any dealings relating to custody challenges are amicable.
It is particularly poignant at the start of the new school year that when sharing custody to ensure that the welfare of children remains the highest priority whatever the parental situation.
The challenges of school runs, school trips, weekend access and child maintenance can be a tricky to navigate especially against an emotionally charged backdrop.
Here at McCorry Connolly Solicitors we offer advice, guidance and more importantly -solutions regarding Family Law issues.
When negotiating arrangements for child custody or contact, the general principal is to adopt a conciliatory and non-confrontational approach which would suit the child. In most cases it is more than likely the parents simply require the assistance of solicitors to resolve their issues and they are then able to continue with the child contact arrangements between themselves.
However, there are some cases where the other party is so hostile to any form of negotiation. They require the solicitor to think ahead and prepare for any eventuality. In these cases it is difficult not to get caught up in the parties’ problem which inevitably involves a pendulum of correspondence between the parties. Such scenarios need to be avoided as not only does this increase costs, but it also entrenches the parties against one another, thereby making it very difficult to reach an amicable solution.
It does however raise an interesting issue and one that affects many separated parents; should mothers automatically have child custody? What about the father’s rights to child custody? This will resonate with many in the UK who see the English judiciary persistently favouring mothers on the issue of child custody or residence as it is known in the UK.
Is it right that where both parents are equally hands on in raising their children, when the issue of child custody arises, preference is given to mothers simply because they have given birth to the child?
Although legally there is nothing preventing the father from acquiring child custody in reality it seems that the only time that the father’s right is considered for child custody is where the mother has a history of drug, alcohol abuse or mental health issues. Almost on all other occasions where both parents are equally capable of caring for their child, the mother will be regarded as the natural choice for child custody.
As you can see divorce and child custody are complex issues, but here at McCorry Connolly Solicitors we can help simplify them and any other your family law queries that you may have.