A contact order, also sometimes referred to as child access, is a court order that requires the guardian of the child to allow the person whose name is included in the order, to visit the child or have contact with them.
It decides when and how long the visits can be. Generally, school holidays and weekends are planned with the contact order stating what the two parents have to do and when. Even telephone calls and writing letters are generally included in contact orders.
Legal advice becomes crucial when it comes to matters like applying for contact orders and obtaining them. It is best if both parents mutually agree on terms and conditions wherever it is possible. It is advisable to mediate with the guardian parent, in order to reach an amicable agreement in the interests of both the parents and child.
Contact between the absent parent and the child should be encouraged by the guardian parent so that the child has support of both parents even if they are divorced or separated.
At Farani Taylor, we have a special team of experienced family lawyers who can advise you on matters related to application of contact orders. We will prepare the court application on your behalf and arrange for it to be issued to the other party. Then we will arrange for your representation in the court for the first hearing.
Most cases are decided during this first stage where both parents reach an agreement. However, if the guardian parent disagrees with the terms or is difficult to convince, the case could be taken to further hearings.
While most contact orders can be obtained easily with amicable agreement, the case can get complicated if either party disagrees.
You will need expert legal help in such cases. Devi Zimmer, Head of the Family Law Department at Farani Taylor, and her expert team have a pool of knowledge and expertise.
Here at Farani Taylor, we believe in settling issues between parties through negotiation and mediation, without seeking orders from the Court, saving time and money.
In fact, it has even been stipulated by the 1989 Children’s Act that the court shall only make orders in matters concerning children, when without such laws, the best interests of the child would be neglected.
We try to act as a calming influence for our clients, so the process is less detrimental to the wellbeing of the children involved.
For any question on Divorce or Contact Orders please speak with Devi Zimmer, Head of Family Law Department, or a member of her team on 0207 118 0666.