Child contact arrangements can be a difficult point to agree on for many parents who are separated. It is important to bare in mind that any animosity between parents can have a detrimental impact upon a child.
The current law states that each child has a right to a relationship with each parent provided it is safe and positive. It is both parent’s duty to encourage and promote a relationship with the other despite any hard feelings they may harbour.
There is no set amount of days or hours that a parent should be spending with their child; this will be unique to your situation. When devising a plan for contact you should bear in mind things like work commitments, other children, nursey and school hours, pre-booked holidays and special occasions.
If you find you and your ex-partner are unable to agree upon contact arrangements then the next step would be to enlist the help of a mediator. A mediator is a neutral, legally trained body who will help you both create a plan that is suitable for your child. You will be expected to keep to the arrangement however the agreement would not be legally binding. In some cases, contact arrangements will falter shortly after mediation ends.
If your contact arrangement breaks down then you may wish to consider making an application to the Court for further assistance. This is where legal advice becomes essential; this process will involve application forms and attendance at Court and usually some evidence giving. The Court will then have the final say upon the contact arrangements for your child, it could be that the result is not as you had hoped and so it is strongly recommended that you try and make arrangements between yourselves before things reach this stage.
If you are going through similar issues at the moment or would like more advice regarding your rights as a parent to see your child, we would be happy to assist. Contact us on 0151 480 5777.