If you cannot manage to come to an agreement between yourselves on child arrangements, then you could try mediation (an independent third party aiding discussions) or collaborative law (where you and your spouse meet and discuss the issues with both of your solicitors present). It may also be worth trying some kind of counselling, either together or separately, to talk through your issues about the children and the relationship breakdown in general.
You and your spouse could also separately attend a Separated Parents Information Programme to help you decide your child arrangements. This programme can help you understand what your children are going through during your divorce and how this will make them need both parents and what are the best child arrangements in your circumstances.
If you still cannot reach an agreement, specialist solicitors such as Austin Kemp can advise you on how to take your case to court to resolves the issues around child arrangements. Court should always be a last resort, as it is expensive and time consuming, but it is sometimes necessary if no agreement can be reached. If you do go to court, a judge will then make a child arrangement order stating who the children will live with and how often they should see the other parent.
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