Children and relationship breakdown
This is the closest and hurtful topic I like to write on! This post is about the most vulnerable parties of them all in a relationship breakdown.
Children are the most affected of all the concerned parties in family separation. Child custody, child support, parenting arrangements are few of the key areas to mention.
Check out how each of these key points gets affected by a separation process:
Child Support or Child maintenance is a financial issue, discussed while the partners are separating. Child Support is paid by either or both the parents depending on the family situation. The child support is paid either in one lump sum or as periodical payouts.
The more a parent is involved directly in child care, the less he/she will have to pay the child support. The Child Support Agency is an authorised establishment to assess and administer child support amount, and payments
The Child Support Agency assesses the family’s financial situation and other commitments before recommending child support amount.
The parents, in turn, can opt for getting a Child Support Agreement, with the help of family lawyers. The Child Support Agreements comprise of the parents’ plans and commitments towards childcare, support and sharing parental responsibilities.
Child custody is an endlessly debated topic between the separating parents. Most often than not, the children become the tool to ego boosting for their parents. Unfortunately, many separating parents fail to understand that parental alienation can cause severe psychological disorders in the children.
The judiciary taking note of such tendencies is very strict with assigning child custody to either one (Sole Custody) or both the parents (Joint Custody). The physical custody of a child can be shared between the parents, with child/ children spending equal time with both the parents.
The parents can access alternative dispute resolution services to decide about the child custody if they themselves cannot come to an agreement. Alternative dispute resolution services like mediation, or collaboration assist the parents to work through their disputes sensibly and put the best possible arrangement for the child/children.
Rather than taking the child custody to court, it is highly recommended that you consider alternative dispute resolution options.