When going through a divorce, you have a lot of things to consider, which can heighten the stress of the situation. Something that becomes a common worry for parents is the impact of the divorce on their children.
Coming to an agreement on arrangements for any children in question must be done. In the event that you and your partner are unable to agree, you may consider mediation. If mediation is not effective, the court may be your last solution; the court will determine the child arrangement orders, regarding when and with whom the child should live with, spend time with and have contact with.
There are various questions you may have as you go through a divorce and you may need some practical advice to help ensure the family unit remains as stable as possible.
When it comes to taking your child on holiday abroad, if both parents have parental responsibility, both must give their consent to the trip. If you have a child arrangements order that states the child is to live with you, then you can take your child abroad for less than a month without prior consent.
Counselling can be helpful for both the adults going through the divorce and any children involved, and may also help you see things more clearly to help you be a support for your children through what is often a tough and upsetting time.
Ensure that you explain to your children – as far as appropriate – what is happening to help ease their feelings of confusion. As far as possible, you may find it helpful to try and maintain the same routine to give your family unit some stability.
Remember that children often feel upset and stressed when there is an upheaval in the family home so ensure to always be receptive to their feelings and encourage an open dialogue, giving regular reassurance.
The specialist team at Broadbents Solicitors are experts in family law. If you would like to file for a divorce or require professional advice and guidance, we welcome you to contact us. Please call today or send your enquiry through our online contact form.