If your marriage or relationship breaks down you will be in a very emotional and fragile state of mind. You may not be able to function rationally or you may wish to "get even" with your spouse or partner. It is at times like this when you need the guidance of an experienced lawyer to deal with your emotional state, consider the best way to deal with your case without heading for court and acting in your best interests by protecting or enforcing your legal rights. At the same time we will always make every effort to avoid a blowout in your legal costs.
WHAT IS BEST FOR MY CHILDREN
In a nutshell one of the major issues a partner or spouse should consider on the breakdown of the relationship is how to protect the children, and minimise the emotional fallout that will be suffered by the children when they realise their parents are no longer together.
From our experience one party will often use the children as pawns to achieve his or her aims, which is usually to achieve a higher property settlement, or reduced child support.
One of the factors to determine the amount to be paid for child support is based on the time each parent spends with the children. The paying parent thus tries to maximise the time spent with the children to reduce the child support payments, without considering the welfare of the children.
If the matter ends up in court the legislation emphasizes that the best interests of the child are paramount.