If you are parents, your children are likely to be top of your priority list.
First and foremost – how should you tell them? Clearly this is a matter of personal choice but presenting a united front is a must. Your children will most likely want to know where they will live, and how and when they will see each parent. Where possible, you should consider this before you tell them.
There is no law which states that the children should live with a particular parent and it will come down to what is in the best interests of the children. Depending on their age, their views should be taken into account wherever possible and they should be kept informed of certain matters as they develop. Shared Parenting arrangements are very common, with children splitting their time between both parents. Whatever you collectively decide, bear in mind that life will change for all of you and what works now may not work in five or 10 years’ time, so it is important to try and keep an open mind and a degree of flexibility.
From parental rights and child maintenance to relocating overseas, I have extensive experience of advising parents. I am also experienced in acting on behalf of the children themselves, obtaining their views (where they have been of suitable age and maturity to do so) and relaying them to the Court where their parents have been involved in Court disputes relating to their care.
For a free, no-obligation discussion about your situation, please get in touch…