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For many people, the primary concern on divorce or separation is likely to be how to minimise its impact on the children. You will need to make suitable arrangements for where they are to live and for them to see their other parent. We are solicitors based in Harrogate who specialise in helping and advising you on a parent’s rights and how to:

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Does my case have international elements?

If you have a connection outside England and Wales it will be essential to consider what the impact of this is and to act fast. For example, some couples are able to apply for divorce in more than one country. Different countries have different rules on divorce and you may get a better outcome by […]

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How often will the children see my partner?

Unless there are issues that mean it would not be in your child’s best interests to have contact with your ex-partner, it should be assumed that your children should have as much contact with each parent as possible. However, practicalities such as location, work commitments and social circumstances are likely to dictate how this works in […]

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Where will the children live?

For many people, the primary concern on divorce or separation is likely to be how to minimise its impact on the children. You will need to make suitable arrangements for where they are to live and for them to see their other parent. Our family law team specialises in providing advice on children issues. At […]

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Child maintenance and support

“Child maintenance” is the money paid by a one parent to the other who looks after the children. It’s a way of providing financial support for their upbringing. Many families now share care of their children to a great extent, but  children still tend to have one main place of residence, which allows them to spend most […]

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Frequently Asked Questions


Are alternate weekends the norm for contact?

No. There is no standard or automatic frequency of contact. That said, the court in many cases orders child contact to take place on alternate weekends, to ensure that the children get to spend time with both parents. The pattern of contact will depend on what the best interests of your children are. The practicalities […]

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How often will I see my children?

It very much depends because each case and every family are different. In general terms, it is presumed that the parent that doesn’t live with the children should have involvement with and have regular contact with the children. However, there aren’t any set rules to determine the amount and frequency of contact. The test is […]

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Do children automatically live with their mother on separation?

No. The court will look carefully at which parent is best able to meet the child’s day to day needs physical and emotional needs, both now and in the future. The work commitments of one parent may make it more realistic and practical for the other parent to have primary care of the children. In […]

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Can my children live with both parents?

Yes. This is known as “shared residence”. This can be arranged either by agreement between the parents or by a court order. It does not mean that the children have to spend exactly the same amount of time with each parent. Instead, the thinking behind it is that this reassures both parents that the law […]

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