Christmas is just around the corner, as any trip to the supermarket or shopping centre will tell you. Aside from worrying about getting hold of this year’s ‘must have’ toy, another concern for separated parents is when they will see their children over the Christmas period. If discussion with the other parent, with or without the help of a mediator, is unlikely to resolve matters there are two options available to you – the Family Court or a Family Arbitrator.
Applying to the Court for Christmas contact arrangements is a route which is well known to solicitors and barristers across the country. If your case is already in proceedings, you should speak to your solicitor or direct access barrister now about sorting out Christmas arrangements. If you are lucky the Court may still be able to list your case for a hearing before Christmas. If you have not yet issued proceedings, it is highly unlikely that the Court will now be able to hear your case before Christmas. Many Court centres across the country are facing delays of 3 months or more before cases come before them for a first hearing.
A highly effective alternative available to you is to use a Family Arbitrator. Arbitrators are experienced family law specialists (solicitors or barristers) who are qualified and approved to make binding decisions in cases concerning children. You can find out more about the scheme at IFLA.org.uk. You and the other parent can either agree on a particular Arbitrator or ask the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) to nominate an Arbitrator local to you. Each parent then takes the following simple steps:
The benefits of arbitrating your Christmas contact arrangements are:
The clerks at 1COR are taking bookings now for Christmas contact Arbitrations and can assist with any queries you may have about the scheme. Please contact them for details and to find out about the fixed fees.
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