Family Law, Divorce and Custody

Divorce and separation is a time of tension and change for any child involved, no matter how old they are. The incidents will also traumatize even people whose parents agree to divorce after a number of years. So what makes matters worse is that in a lot of cases, the legal system of this country isn’t adequately set up to deal with custody war. If one parent decides they want to step away from the family home and take the child with them, on the mother’s side, the legal system is more popular than not. Wishes for the child and mental well being play no role.¬†click for more info

Men were often given custody during the Victorian era if a marriage ended, no matter what the mother’s purpose and capacity to look after her child. Now we see that women are granted custody of their children more often than not when a marriage or relationship ends, often with a difficult settlement deal for the father.

Campaigners are now seeking to find a midpoint between these two extremes by encouraging the life of the child during this period and maintaining their exposure to both parents, unless, of course, one party has done abuse or mental harm.

Recently a study has been released questioning the court’s refusal to grant fathers custody rights over mothers, and encouraging a mother to move away with the child so that the father is unable to see her child. It has dubbed this action ‘state-sanctioned abduction’ as the courts will not prohibit one party from taking their child from their former partner a long distance away.

Forcing a child to leave one of their parents, their other family , friends, and the school they have grown up to cause long-term emotional harm to children, stress, and damage. Occasionally, judges appeared to totally disregard the child’s wishes and awarded custody to a parent because they displayed a stronger willingness to remain with the other parent.

If you are currently undergoing a breakup and children are involved, speak to a family lawyer such as Raleys Solicitors who will be able to talk about your situation and help you decide the best course of action for you and your child.