Fathers and their children

Father’s Day can be a difficult time for separated parents.

All parents worry about their relationship with their children after separation and divorce. There can still be a traditional view that children will live with their mother.  This is because, in the past, mothers have taken on the role of homemaker whilst fathers have been the breadwinners. Whilst mothers often work, families frequently still have similar arrangements. But does this mean that Dad will get to spend less time with the children following separation? Perhaps just taking them out for a day at the weekend?

We have found that a father’s main fear when facing divorce is that he will lose his children. He may have been working long hours to provide for his family and then it all feels pointless when the marriage breaks down.

What does the law say?

The law says that both parents are equally important to their children and the children should be able to retain a close relationship with both. The children’s care should be shared as much as is possible and practicable. This may not mean equally but both parents should share in the joy and responsibilities of being a parent. This means that fathers can expect to have the children in their care for a significant amount of time.

Mothers should not feel threatened by this or feel that their role has been diminished. Rather than Dad just taking the kids out for the day and ensuring they have a good time, Dad also gets to help with the homework and look after the children when they may be feeling grumpy and tired. Both parents share in the issues and responsibilities of juggling work and childcare.

At Harrogate Family Law, we know how important your children are to you. We will help you move forward from being partners or husband and wife into your new relationship as parents. We care about what happens to your children almost as much as you do.

To speak to one of our friendly solicitors for a confidential chat give us a call today on 01423 594680.

Andrew Meehan is an experienced family lawyer specialising in complex divorces involving significant or hidden assets, as well as cases involving children.

He is recommended for family law by both Chambers 2019 (York, Hull and surrounding regions) and the Legal 500 2018 (Leeds/West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire region).

Everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon.  If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk.