Bishop & Sewell

When parents separate, children are affected in many ways. As a parent, you will need to discuss and consider many issues, including how the children will share their time between you. There may be important decisions to make, such as where your children should go to school, their medical treatment and religious upbringing.

Where parents cannot agree, the court should rarely be the first port of call. Judges can only impose a fixed order and families usually need flexibility. Mediation is often the best approach, as it enables parents to sit down with a neutral mediator, each explain their position and concerns and come to an agreement that works for them and their children. It is much easier to go back to a mediator if future issues arise that cannot easily be agreed.

When an agreement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to issue an application to the court for a judge to make an order and we will support you through that process.

We are also on hand to refer you to other experts, such as child psychologists, family therapists, and parenting class providers, who can assist parents generally in managing the separation. Perfectly able parents often find it very difficult to manage the stresses of family breakdown and can benefit enormously from extra support during this time.

Separating parents should also consider reviewing their wills, to review decisions about what happens in the event of their death.

Next Steps

For initial advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our team, please email or contact 020 7631 4141 and ask to speak to our Family team.

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