Child Law FAQs
Q. If I separate from my partner, will I be able to see my children?
A. Yes, unless there are valid concerns about their safety.
Q. We can’t talk to each other, how can I arrange contact?
A. Try enlisting the help of a trusted friend or family member, a Mediator or a Solicitor.
Q. We cannot agree – what next?
A. It may be necessary to apply to the Family Court for a Child Arrangements Order.
Q. Can I do that myself or do I need a lawyer?
A. You can do it yourself but an experienced Solicitor can provide valuable advice and representation.
Q. What is CAFCASS?
A. CAFCASS stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. You may better know them as Court Welfare Officers. CAFCASS are independent experts appointed by the Court to advise on what is safe for children and what arrangements would promote their best interests.
Q. Why do CAFCASS get involved?
A. CAFCASS are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies. They independently advise the family courts about what is safe for children and in their best interests. They are charged with putting the child’s needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard at the heart of the family court setting.
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