Private law children applications deal with the arrangements for children where their parents are separated and can deal with where the child should live and when they should spend time with the other parent.
We understand that these arrangements can be emotional and difficult to manage and therefore early legal advice can make the difference. We also understand that affordable legal advice is key.
A recent report by Cafcass, the independent body who supports children at Court in these types of proceedings, found that in February 2015, they received a total of 2,992 new private law cases. This is a 13% decrease on February 2014 levels.
February was the seventeenth successive month in which private law cases had fallen compared with the same month in the previous year.
In the last 12 months there have been 34,862 new cases received by Cafcass and in the previous 12 months there had been 46,950.
As Legal Aid has reduced drastically in private law children matters after April 2013 many parents are seeking to resolve matters without issuing proceedings. This had led to a reduction in the number of applications but has not led to a reduction in the number of children who will be affected by separated parents. Legal Aid is still available in limited circumstances and we can advise whether you would be eligible for Legal Aid.
If you and your ex partner are having difficulties in reaching an agreement over the arrangements for a child then you should contact us to arrange an appointment with one of our family solicitors.
Instructing a solicitor early can mean that long lasting arrangements are set up quickly and any practical issues can be ironed out, for example, who picks up the child and from where.
We offer an initial discounted interview when you can see a solicitor with experience in this area who can discuss your individual case and offer legal and practical advice. We offer a range of payment plans and fee schemes which should suit any pocket. Please contact our Family Law team on 0161 665 3502 to discuss making an appointment.