Who Gets Custody of a Child after a Divorce?

By Carlin Peton

Divorce can seem like a confusing process, especially if there are children involved.

In the UK, the Child Custody Law determines who should be responsible for the care and charge of a child, after divorce or separation. 

Usually, the parent’s preference is joint custody, which enables the child to spend an equal amount of time with each parent. It also means that parents can both participate in the decision-making that surrounds the child’s life.

However, it is not always possible to achieve an amicable decision. If both parents can not agree on what the living arrangements will be for the child, the court will decide on their behalf.

The main priority is always the welfare of the child involved. It is important to remember that:

  • Most child custody court cases end amicably with either agreed custody or joint custody as the outcome
  • Access and maintenance payments from the non-resident parent are also taken into consideration
  • In disputed cases, each parent is individually assessed before a decision is made

Our solicitors at Ackroyd Legal are also experts in matters that involve children. If you are in the process of agreeing on custody or you are preparing for a custody battle, you should seek advice from an experienced solicitor.

If you need legal advice regarding Family Law, call us today on 0203 058 3365 or email us: our enquiries page.