Every year, the courts of England and Wales consider making some 125,000 judgements in private family law cases. While the duration and cost of each court case varies, the emotional burden on the parties involved is always significant. Be you a mother, father or grandparent, your natural instinct to continue to love and nurture your offspring collide with a legal system that can appear complex, and at times, unfair. When mutual agreement or mediation is no longer an option, understanding more about your legal rights and obligations helps you reduce court time, associated legal costs and the inevitable stress that arises. Most importantly, it helps you achieve an outcome that is fair for all parties, especially your children. "The Custody Minefield" covers topics such as: How to choose legal representation, and tips for court attendance? What the Courts will consider when making a ruling and the types of court orders available? What is parental responsibility, and what exactly are your parental rights?
Ways to deal with crisis situations, including abduction, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health problems and false allegations; and, methods to cope with personal stress, and that of your children.
Michael Robinson is the author of The Custody Minefield: Parental Separation, Your Rights and The Law, acts as a McKenzie friend in family law, and is a regular contributor to legal, parenting and psychotherapeutic magazines.