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Children’s Mental Health Week



Last week marked Children’s Mental Health Week and as we approach a year since Covid-19 restrictions first came into effect this could not have come at a better time. If the events of the last 12 months have taught us anything, it is the importance of safeguarding our mental health. With many children currently not in school many are undoubtedly struggling to prioritise their own wellbeing and this is particularly difficult for those who are experiencing a breakdown in their marriage or relationship.

The Family Court’s message for those locked in proceedings is clear: the welfare of a child of the family is its paramount concern. This trumps everything else. Parents are encouraged to reach agreements about arrangements for children on separation outside of the Court arena. All parents wishing to make an application to the Court are expected to first seek the help of a mediator in the hope that this may avoid the need to issue proceedings.

In short, it is encouraged that the Court is very much seen as the last resort. If proceedings are issued, parents should expect the Court to want to establish the views of the children (depending on their ages) and these will be taken into account when determining what is best for them.

It is firmly believed that in seeking to minimise the impact of parental separation and to protect mental health that children wherever possible should be given a voice on what their future should look like.

If you are considering separation and wish to speak to our family team get in touch today 0800 533 5349 or email enquiries@mogersdrewett.com. Our experts can take you through the process so that you are fully informed and ready to take the next step.

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