Dads in the Midlands reminded of contact rights as Father’s Day looms
Divorced and separated fathers are being reminded they have the right to spend time with their children, particularly on special occasions.
As Father’s Day approaches, on 18 June, family lawyer Rupinder Nandra is warning dads in advance that they need to make sure contact arrangements are in place so they do not miss out on quality time together.
Ms Nandra, of law firm mfg Solicitors, is concerned that too many divorced parents think the law specifies an equal amount of time with the mother and father, but this is not the case.
“There is no definition of the time a child should spend with each parent”, she said. “That’s why it’s really important to make sure that contact arrangements are in place in advance of special occasions, such as Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, to ensure they can go ahead.”
Ms Nandra said if an agreement cannot be made between the parents then it is vital to take legal advice as soon as possible. If necessary, a court may need to make a Child Arrangements Order specifying when and how contact takes place.
“Parents need to consider first and foremost what is in the child’s best interests – even if that does not fit their own wishes”, Ms Nandra said.
“Ideally, they need to communicate with each other and not use the child as the messenger. And if the child is old enough to say what he or she wants, then that has to be taken into account.
“If an agreement cannot be made then legal advice has to be sought as early as possible. A costly and drawn out court battle can still be avoided if the parents are willing to try mediation and family counselling.
“At the centre of all of this are the children. They will want to celebrate Father’s Day as much as their dads. Getting these issues ironed out sensibly and in time will ensure everyone can get on with enjoying spending time together.”
For assistance and advice call Rupinder Nandra at mfg Solicitors on 01562 820181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.