Watson Ramsbottom family law department’s Harriet Killeen explains how a detailed plan of child care arrangements is the best way to support your case for residence rights.
The welfare of children is the primary concern for the family court when deciding on their care arrangements after their parents split up. Accordingly, it expects a parent who wishes to care for children to present a careful and comprehensive case outlining why the child arrangements order should grant them residence rights.
In a recent case, a father who applied to take his 14-year-old son to live with him in a Scandinavian country has had the application denied because he failed to present any details to the court as to his son’s living arrangements, prospective schooling or how he was to be cared for.
The court was unable to accept that the father had kept his son’s welfare in mind and could not have confidence that taking him to Scandinavia would be in his best interests.
Says Harriet Killeen “Arguments over child care arrangements when a marriage ends are often heated, but the best chance of success is to present a reasonable and carefully thought out case based on what is best for the children. We can assist you to prepare a strong case to set before the court.”
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