In Family Law generally, but particularly in relation to matters affecting children, you will be given every encouragement at every stage in the proceedings to reach an agreement with the other party.
This could be through the process of mediation, collaborative law or use of a parenting plan. As with applications relating to financial matters, it is only a minority of cases which proceed all the way to a trial.
In a very few cases, it may not be possible for the arrangements for children to be agreed. It may then be necessary to make an application to the Court to ask for a decision to be made regarding issues such as:
With the exception of certain specific items such as school fees, the Court no longer has any jurisdiction so far as child maintenance is concerned. In the absence of an agreement, it will be necessary for the parent with whom the children normally live to apply to the Child Maintenance Service to enable a maintenance assessment to be carried out.
Where the financial claim relates to maintenance for a child in further education, the payment of educational expenses such as school fees or a claim for a capital payment for the benefit of a child, it may be necessary for an application to be made to the Court.
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