Following the breakdown of a relationship, most parents can reach an agreement amicably regarding the arrangements for children. Ensuring practical working arrangement requires both parents to behave sensibly and in the best interests of each child. Unfortunately, as any family lawyer will tell you, that does not always happen.
If a court had to decide your child’s living arrangements, then this will have been determined under a contact or residence order (prior to 2014) or a child arrangement order (post 2014).
‘For the majority of parents, when a court order is made, the terms are followed. Sadly, that is not always the case,’ says Catherine Hughes, family law expert at Tilly Bailey and Irvine in Hartlepool. ‘When a court order is breached you have a number of options. The circumstances surrounding the breach will dictate how you proceed. Seeking early legal advice is always wise so that you can understand your options and rights.’