Children & Child Arrangements – Family Solicitors Serving Bournemouth

Divorce & Child Law Solicitors Serving Bournemouth

Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, especially when children are involved. Whatever stage you are at in these negotiations, our solicitors will be happy to advise you on the options available to you, ensuring your children’s interests are considered before any decision is reached. We will evaluate your situation and advise you of all your options under the law, helping you to protect the best interests of your children.

Child Arrangements in Divorce

Agreeing on and Drafting a Parenting Plan

Under English law, both parents will normally continue to share parental responsibility for their children following divorce, with the expectation that, where possible, parents will come to an amicable agreement on what is best for their children.

If you and your ex-partner can come to an amicable agreement, our solicitors can help you to draft a Parenting Plan setting out the agreement you have reached. Typically, any such agreement will not be contested by the courts.

Undergo Mediation/ Let the Family Law Court Decide

Of course, it is not always possible to come to an agreement that works for both parents. How your children will be raised, which school they will attend, and how they will be cared for can be hotly contested questions, and you may need to explore alternative options to have your voice heard. If this is the case, we can help you to undergo mediation with your ex or apply to have the matter determined in the family courts.

International Couples

For international couples, these issues can be even more difficult to resolve. Our solicitors are experienced in cases involving relocation and Leave to Remove and can advise both the parent who wishes to move or the parent opposing this on their legal options.


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John Randle, Senior Counsel and Head of Family Practice

Why McAllister Olivarius?

Experienced Team

Our practice, providing legal support to clients in Bournemouth, is led by John Randle, a specialist in family law with nearly 40 years’ experience. John typically acts for high-net-worth individuals, from prominent businesspeople to household names in the world of sport. His clients have included British Olympians, Premier League footballers, international rugby players and others.

John is recognised by leading directories for his skill in dealing with a full range of divorce matters, including matrimonial finance, the division of business assets, and complex private child law issues such as international surrogacy, international adoption and special guardianship applications.

Over his many years in law, John has represented and advised thousands of clients facing divorce. He has acted in significant settlements, including complex prenuptial arrangements worth tens of millions of pounds.

Bournemouth Divorce Lawyers – Unparalleled Experience, Meticulous Approach

We understand the financial and emotional intricacies of the divorce process and will find a way to protect your interests while considering the well-being of you and your children.

Whatever your circumstances, our meticulous approach will help you reach a fair and favourable settlement.

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FAQs

What are the grounds for divorce in England and Wales?

As of April 6, 2022, there has been no need to specify grounds for divorce in the England and Wales beyond the irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The no-fault divorce rule allows married persons or civil partners to apply for a divorce without the need to identify bad behaviour or prove fault on the part of their spouse.

Divorcing couples can file for divorce by citing the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage. This is done by submitting a sole or joint application under which both parties agree to dissolve their relationship. If only one party wishes to file for divorce, they may submit a sole application which can no longer be contested by the other party, save for rare technical legal grounds such as legality or jurisdiction of marriage.

However, a no-fault divorce only ends your marriage. It does not address complexities that are likely to arise from the division of finances, assets and property. What happens to the matrimonial home? If the home is sold, how should the proceeds be divided? When should spousal maintenance be paid, for how long and how much? Should any pensions be shared? If so, how? For divorcing parents, it will be necessary to establish who the children will live with, how much time they will spend with the other parent and when.

These are typically very challenging questions that can have a big impact on both partners’ lives. Contact us if you would like to discuss any of the above issues in confidence with one of our solicitors.

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What are the alternatives to divorce?

If you feel your marriage has irretrievably broken down but are not ready to commit to divorce proceedings, a legal separation can offer you the time and space to decide what’s right for you. A legal separation does not end your marriage. You and your spouse will be recognised as legally married, and you will retain some of the legal benefits to which married couples are entitled.

Often, couples use legal separation to determine whether divorce is really the right decision. Legally separating couples will have to deal with the same issues as divorcing couples, from the division of assets and debts to parenting and childcare rights and responsibilities. However, any such agreement that is formalised in a separation agreement can be carried over if you do decide to get divorced.

If you would like to discuss whether legal separation is right for you or have questions about financial or parental issues related to a legal separation, contacts us now for a free initial consultation.

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