Let’s face it, there may be a variety of reasons why you need to make an application to the courts to resolve a problem surrounding your children. Conflict over what is best for children is very common and can become a long, drawn out and complicated issue for the courts to resolve.
Whether you feel you’re being prevented from seeing enough of your children or bullied into handing your children over to someone else’s care, under circumstances that are a cause for concern, such as them having drug, alcohol or violent tendencies, you need to get things right and do them properly.
This is where Simon comes into his own. His many years of dealing with these types of cases, together with his legal qualifications and training, allow him to get to the heart of the problem, from where he can guide you through the storm in a calm and reassuring way.
As you probably know, if you cannot reach an agreement with your ex-partner or spouse and mediation does not work, an application to the court should resolve the problem.
But it’s not as simple as it sounds – going through the courts without somebody qualified to look after your needs is frankly a recipe for disaster.
There are a million and one variables where children are concerned and so it is important to get the right advice before issuing proceedings. Without it, your application may not address the issues you need dealing with… or, as too often happens, it’s so easy to miss other opportunities to improve your chances of success, or even improve your situation by making the right request in the right way.
Preparation is key to ensuring that the short time you have before a Judge is productive and focuses on the issues that YOU have, as well as ensuring the concerns that brought you to court in the first place are considered by the Judge.
Let’s take a closer look:
In the hearing, the procedure is often alien and can be difficult to follow, particularly when you feel emotional and out of your depth. Having Simon alongside you to explain what is happening, negotiate for you, keep you focused on what is important and ensure that your court appearance is working for you, is not only sensible but frankly invaluable. After all, you don’t want to be perceived as a person you know you are not. You don’t want to miss opportunities or waste any time. It is all too easy in the heat of the moment to allow your emotions to run away with you and, as a result, lose focus on what is absolutely vital. With Simon’s years of experience, legal qualifications and knowledge, you will be given the right assistance when you need it. This makes your life easier – and your case more likely to succeed.
That’s not all. After the hearing, Simon will be able to advise you on the next steps, how to comply with the order and ensure that you do not fall foul of what is expected of you. Using the courts to solve your problems can take time, sometimes several years of taking small steps forward, then checking the progress made is working, followed by taking further small steps. At each twist and turn of the process you will probably attend court, argue again about who is right or wrong, and move forward again. Simon will ensure that your side of the situation is explained in a clear and logical way to the court, so that any decision made is acceptable to you.
There’s a lot more that Simon can do for you, but right now it’s your turn to make an important decision. When it comes to your children, obviously they mean the world to you, and so you need the best advice and help you can get. Isn’t it worth spending five minutes now with Simon for an informal chat? After all, this could influence not just the rest of your life, but the rest of your children’s lives too.