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We encourage parents to work together to reach an agreement. If that is not possible, we refer parents to family mediators to assist them and support them during the mediation process and negotiate with the other side to try and reach an agreement.
Family mediation is a process whereby an independent professionally trained mediator helps you and your spouse try and resolve issues relating to children.
Family mediation can assist parents because:
However, if this is not possible, then we can guide parents through the court process to ensure that arrangements can be made in the best interests of their children.
What is a Child Arrangement Order?
This is an order which specifies where the child will live, and with whom the child will have contact.
This can include supervised contact, overnight contact, and indirect contact.
Factors which the court take into account on making a Child Arrangement Order
The primary concern of the court is the welfare of the child. This may involve obtaining the advice and reports of professionals including child psychologists to assist the court in their decision.
The court takes into account:
Terms that can be included in a Child Arrangement Order