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Working fathers and child arrangements

Working fathers and child arrangements are often difficult to reconcile according to recent research publicised by the BBC  that finds “Nearly half of working fathers would like a less stressful job so they can spend more time caring for their children “. Cheshire family law solicitors Stonehewer Moss believe that separated parents find it particularly difficult to reconcile the work/ parenting conundrum. Accredited at Stonehewer Moss, Michael Brennan has found that many instructions to resolve child arrangements disputes begin during the pregnancy, as increasing numbers of couples seem to separate at or before the child is born. Michael comments, ” In divorce work it has long been a trope that couples stay together for the children but the reality is often different and the majority of births are now among unmarried parents. A working father in a now defunct relationship not only is unlikely to obtain maternity leave sacrificed to him by the mother but when making future arrangements he has to take account of child needs that can be hard to reconcile with work commitments, expectations from the other parent and the reality that he will not be paid for part time hours or compensated by state benefits. Child maintenance will be payable as a separated parent. There is undoubtedly a move towards non gender specific shared parenting by the court and a father that can be available, realising the inevitable financial impact it will have, can pursue that option or, in the alternative, agree an arrangement that allows him to work full time but contribute to things like child minding to enable both parents to work. The reality is that the rewards of work are not simply financial and a negotiated child arrangement can acknowledge the needs of both parents for dignified working lives along with appropriate child care arrangements as co-parents. Options out of court such as collaborative law and mediation should be explored as more creative outcomes seeing both parents point of view can be explored.”

Working fathers and child arrangements often benefit from an objective assessment and negotiation by a family law solicitor as your own view might block settlement with the other parent.

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