In the best situations everyone hopes that the separation of their parents will have the least possible effect on the children and their ongoing relationship with both mother and father. Despite the breakdown of their personal relationship parents are supposed to put that aside and help the children keep in contact. This can be very hard for many people where the break up is acrimonious.
It is particularly difficult where there are genuine reasons for having child safety concerns if the children are given into in the sole care of a parent who has problems of their own: Major Anger issues , alcohol and drugs habits are obvious examples and the parent who is worried about how they can manage contact and protect the children has a very delicate balancing act to perform.
That is exacerbated where, as is so often the case, the alleged “problem parent” does not accept that they have a problem or that, if they do, it is sufficient to warrant what they perceive as interference with their parental rights . Getting sensible legal advice at as early a stage as possible is important so as to help judge where boundaries can be set or at least discussed before things get too heated and entrenched. A Mediation referral from the legal advisor is another way forward.
More subtle situations are often not easily resolvable: differences in parenting styles, hostility from wider family, the introduction of new partners, create awkwardness and disputes week by week that are very hard for the rather blunt instrument of the court to solve. This is why realistic advice early on can be so useful. Know your rights, know your responsibilities, find out when to stand firm and when to make concessions and hopefully the path to a sensible solution can be worked out for everyone’s benefit, especially the children.
Faye Remnant is part of our Family Law team based in Loughborough; our Solicitors in Loughborough are experts in their fields and dedicated to quality client care. If you would like to find out more about our solicitors in Loughborough please contact us.
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