March 10th, 2017
Three helpful things to know
Seeing your parents argue can be upsetting. And it’s worse if they are going through a divorce. Who will look after you? Who can you have contact with?
When your parents get a divorce
1. You can see each of your parents
You can have contact with both your parents, as long as it’s the best thing for you. The amount of contact time you have with each parent needs to be agreed.
2. You can have your say about where to live
You should speak to your parents about the amount of time you want to spend with each of them. Your parents might both agree to your wishes, or they might not agree with you or with each other.
Your parents can see a mediator or go to court to decide how much contact you will have with them.
A court order can say who you must live with until you are 18 years old. After that, you can choose where to live and who to live with. If there is no court order, you can decide where to live when you reach the age of 16.
3. It is a good idea to get help and advice
You might find it hard to talk to your parents. There are many ways to get help. You can contact Childline about anything. You can talk to them about any worries you have about your parents’ divorce. Childline is here to help.
Call Corum Children’s Legal Centre for free help understanding family law or child law.
If you are having any other problems, why not see if the law can help you?
Article categories: Divorce
March 9th, 2017
Three things to know if you’re a parent
We all hope our relationships will last, but sometimes they don’t.
Ending a relationship can be hard. And it will be harder if you have children.
Who will look after them? How much contact will you have with them?
When you get divorced
1. You can have contact with your child
As a parent, you can have contact with your child—as long as it’s the best thing for them. Try to agree with your partner and child how much contact you have and when you spend time together.
2. You can agree with your partner about where your child is going to live
You could ask your child where they want to live and how much time they want to spend with each of you. You and your partner might agree to your child’s wishes. Or you might agree to handle things another way in your child’s best interests.
3. You can get help to reach agreement
If you and your partner can’t agree where your child is going to live, think about seeing a mediator. A mediator could help you avoid going to court, and save you time and money. Mediation alone is sometimes enough to resolve a dispute. Or mediation can cut down the time you need to spend in court.
Read more about family problems.
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For free advice on family law or child law, call Corum Children’s Legal Centre.
Article categories: Divorce
November 2nd, 2016
From radio to real life
Radio shows like ‘The Archers’ shine the spotlight on domestic abuse. But do you know what to do if you see it or experience it in real life?
One in four women in England and Wales are victims of domestic violence, a recent study found. And men and children also suffer.
What is domestic violence and abuse?
Domestic abuse takes place between people who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members. Differences in social background, sexuality or ethnicity do not explain it.
There are several types of domestic violence and abuse:
- psychological or emotional – bullying, belittling, stalking or threats to cut contact with children if a person leaves
- physical – kicking, hitting, pushing, hurting
- sexual – sexual harassment or rape
- financial – control over spending, or running up huge credit card debts in another’s name, for example.
How the law can help with domestic abuse
Domestic abuse is wrong. At home, you should feel safe.
Domestic abuse can be a criminal offence.
You may need help from a lawyer. A lawyer can help you get protection from court so that you (and your children) can leave a relationship safely.
Get help with domestic abuse
If you or someone else is in danger, you should dial 999.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you can get free help and advice.
Other organisations also offer support. To find out more, visit Citizens Advice.
Here at Legal Choices, you can learn more about dealing with other family problems.
Article categories: Family
October 18th, 2016
Most children in the UK are raised by their birth parents. But more than 3,000 children in England alone are waiting for a family to adopt them.
Have you ever thought about adopting a child? If so, perhaps worries about the law and your right to adopt have stopped you from taking the next steps.
Here are five legal facts about adoption that many people don’t know.
1. I’m single. Can I adopt?
You can adopt if you are single or an unmarried couple. It doesn’t matter what your gender
or sexual orientation is.
2. I’m disabled. Can I adopt?
You can adopt if you are disabled. A large number of children who need adopting are
disabled, so your experience could help.
3. I’m unemployed. Can I get financial support if I adopt?
You can adopt if you are unemployed or on a low wage. You could get tax credits, benefits
and support such as a Disability Living Allowance if you adopt a disabled child.
4. I don’t have my own house. Can I adopt?
In England you can adopt even if you aren’t a home owner. You need to have the space and a safe place for children to grow up in. You may even get priority for council housing.
5. Am I too old to adopt?
As long as you’re over 21, you can adopt. There is no upper age limit. You do need to be healthy enough to look after a child.
British National Adoption week falls in October. You can find out more about becoming an adoptive parent on the First4adoption website.
Here at Legal Choices, you can learn about family issues and sources of support.
Article categories: Family