When parents separate it is always best if they can sort out arrangements for the children between themselves.
If that is not possible then we can advise in relation to the best way forward whether that be attending mediation or applying to Court for a Child Arrangements Order as to where the child will live or how much time they will spend with each parent.
In some cases where there has been domestic abuse legal aid may be available subject to your income and providing evidence of domestic abuse.
In order to qualify for legal aid we will need certain evidence from you.
This could be evidence of a police prosecution or caution of your partner, an injunction within the last 24 months, or documents relating to ongoing criminal proceedings. If these are not available you can provide evidence from any domestic abuse organisation you have been involved with, or from a GP or health professional to confirm that the condition or injury could only have been cause by domestic abuse.
You can also get evidence by way of a letter from Social Services to confirm that your child is at risk of harm from your partner.
These documents together with your proof of benefits, or 3 months payslips and 3 months bank statements if you are working, should be produced at the first meeting as without them we cannot act.
If you do not qualify for legal aid then we can still assist by offering competitive rates such as fixed fees for court attendance. Please discuss this with us at the first meeting.