The summer holidays are clearly placing a strain on families this year as private applications relating to children increase by nearly 12%.

It is a common situation – the children want entertaining for 6 weeks and you’re struggling with full time work and managing child care. The stress of the summer holidays can have a serious impact on pressured parents. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to families breaking down and when parents decide to separate it is important that the needs and best interests of their children are put first.

In some cases, it can be difficult for parents to agree the arrangements for their children but it is important to resolve issues as soon as possible and provide children with a stable routine. It is important for a child to have a relationship with both parents, where possible, and sometimes it can feel as though there is not enough ‘time’ to go around.

Here at Clarkes, we understand how hard it is when a relationship breaks down and we offer advice and assistance to help you agree the arrangements for your children. We offer practical legal advice to parents who need support and assistance with establishing an agreed routine for their children. Sometimes a court application is required to formally record the arrangements for children and we will assist you if that becomes necessary. We understand that every family’s circumstances are different and what suits one family may not be right for another.

We have a dedicated team of family specialists to advise you on all aspects of your relationship breakdown, and the team has recently expanded with the addition of Solicitor and Associate, Laura Tarbuck. If you would like further information from one of the members of our friendly family team then please contact us on 01952 223548.