Kiteleys Solicitors

Kiteleys Solicitors. 7 St. Stephen's Court, 15-17 St. Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH2 6LA. Telephone 01202 299992.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.

Children Arrangements

  • Call us now on 01202 393506
    • Kiteleys Head office 01202 299992
    • Kiteleys Southampton 02380 909091
    • Kiteleys Canford Cliffs 01202 708634
    • Kiteleys Boscombe 01202 393506
    • Kiteleys West Moors 01202 863933
    • Kiteleys Ferndown 01202 875646
    • Kiteleys Highcliffe 01425 278866
    • Kiteleys Wimborne 01202 849242

When parents split up, they stop being a couple, but do not stop being parents. Therefore, whether married or not, there are steps which we can help you take to work towards positive parenting after parting for the benefit of your child.

Here are some of the important facts we think you need to know about:

  • Parental Responsibility – this is the responsibility of a parent to be involved in all important issues concerning their child. Common examples include changing a child’s surname, education, medical choices and travel abroad. Married parents both share parental responsibility, but whether an unmarried father shares parental responsibility with an unmarried mother can depend on when the child was born and whether the father is named on the child’s birth certificate.
  • Legal Terms – Residence (Custody) and Contact (Access) are legal terms which are often misunderstood and misused. What is more important than the correct use of the precise legal terms, is for both parents to try and work positively together with each giving careful consideration to what is best for their child.
  • Equality of Parenting – From April 2014, new law will come into force which introduces the legal term Children Arrangements and the principle that both parents should be involved in their child’s life unless there is good reason why this shouldn’t happen for the child’s welfare. However, the fact that both parents are equal in the eyes of the law, does not mean that the law expects a child to spend equal time with each parent.
  • Whilst some separating parents can calmly discuss future arrangements for their child and reach an agreement between themselves, this is often easier said than done. However, even if you have a serious disagreement, there are still several options to try in order to avoid an expensive court battle; these include the Collaborative Family Law process and Family Mediation.
  • Non-legal Support – to help individuals and couples achieve the best outcomes for their child, we work closely with a range of local professionals who specialise in helping parents. This is because parents often need non-legal advice which other professionals are better trained and experienced to provide than lawyers. See our useful links for more information.
  • Child Arrangement Plan – when an out of court agreement is reached, parents and children can benefit from the certainty of having a written plan, which we can help you prepare. A constructive approach will lay the best foundations for your child to feel settled with the new family situation.

At Kiteleys we are sensitive to all aspects concerning Children Arrangements and are experienced in helping and advising parents throughout this process. If you have any questions about this or would appreciate a free consultation to discuss your circumstances, then please contact our Family Solutions team on 01202 393506.

  • Colin Mitchell

    Colin Mitchell
    Head of Family Solutions

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At Kiteleys we are always happy to help. We believe that the law should be easily accessible, so if you have any questions for our family solicitors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Kiteleys Solicitors. 7 St. Stephen's Court, 15-17 St. Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH2 6LA. Telephone 01202 299992.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.