Parenting After Divorce: Overcoming Challenges as a South Asian Dad

Explore two case stories of how SKB Law helped fathers achieve successful child arrangements despite the challenges they faced. If you need support, call our team to find out your options. 

Overview

SKB Law specialise in all aspects of family law for clients across the globe. In these two case stories, find out how we supported two South Asian fathers to overcome challenges and secure child arrangement orders for their children. Based on real case stories. 

 

The Unique Challenges of Co-Parenting as a South Asian Father

In this post, we explore two case stories of South Asian fathers and how we helped them navigate the legal system and overcome challenges to achieve a positive outcome for them and their children.

Sorting out child arrangements can be a difficult experience for parents everywhere, no matter who you are.  South Asian fathers may experience a unique set of cultural, societal, and legal barriers when it comes to co-parenting. Traditional gender roles and expectations can often make it challenging for fathers to seek shared care of their young children after a divorce or separation. These perceptions can create a difficult situation for fathers who want to be actively involved in their children’s lives. Based on our experience, we’ve also seen South Asian men facing pressure to limit contact with their children from a previous marriage, which can be difficult for everyone.

We hope that by sharing these case stories, we can break down barriers for other fathers in similar situations.

    Achieving Equal Shared Care: A Father’s Journey for His 8-Month-Old Daughter

    In this case, we supported our client, a South Asian father, to gain equal shared care of his 8 month old daughter.

    After their separation, our client and his wife initially followed an informal visitation agreement for their young daughter. However, when false allegations of domestic violence emerged, and his wife refused overnight visits, he turned to SKB Law to pursue an equal shared care order.

    The case was complex. The young age of the child and our client’s shift work pattern made planning visitation difficult. As part of our strategy, we knew that it was essential to put in place a structured co-parenting schedule. Working closely with our client and counsel, we crafted a 12-month visitation schedule that accommodated his upcoming shifts and ensured equal shared care for both parents. We guided him through the legal process and, with strategic interventions, secured a Shared Care Order, granting him equal time with his daughter.

    Reflecting on his journey, our client shared: “I knew I wanted a Shared Care Live with Order. It was against the norm, against the odds for a father of such a young baby, SKB helped me achieve my dream. All I would say to the fathers out there is don’t give up, fight for your child…I proved that Alhamdulliah. InshaAllah the floodgates will open and we will see more Fathers with a Shared Care Order.”

    You can read his full review here.

    We hope this case story shows that with the right support, it is possible to navigate the legal system and achieve a positive outcome for you and your child.  

    Overcoming Barriers to Access: A Father’s Journey to Reconnect with His Son

    After our client’s relationship ended, his ex-partner denied him access to their son. She blocked his number and told him to go to court if he wanted to see him. Our client had heard of cases taking years in court and felt scared about the prospect of not seeing his son during this period. He didn’t know what to do or expect.

    When the client contacted our team, he was connected to an experienced member of our team who specialises in complex matters. She guided the client through the legal process, explained his options and provided a roadmap of the journey ahead. After our initial efforts to resolve the issue outside of court were unsuccessful, we prepared our client for the next stage: court proceedings. Whilst planning for court, we successfully managed to gain regular contact between the client and his son – the prospect of no contact had been one of our client’s biggest fears. 

    At the final court hearing, we secured more access for the client than he had initially anticipated – testament to our effective legal strategy. We’re grateful that we could provide our client with the support and guidance he needed. You can read our client’s review on Review Solicitors, the UK’s largest dedicated legal review site with over 4 million users.

    We hope this case story shows that with the right support, it is possible to navigate the legal system and achieve a positive outcome for you and your child.

    Understanding Equal Shared Care Orders in the UK  

    An Equal Shared Care Order is a legal directive issued by a court in England and Wales. It grants both parents equal time and responsibility for their child’s upbringing. This means both parents have an equal voice in significant decisions about the child’s life, such as their education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. The order also outlines specific times the child will spend with each parent, ensuring the child has equal time with both. When deciding on an Equal Shared Care Order, the court prioritises the child’s best interests. Factors such as the child’s age, the relationship with each parent, and each parent’s ability to meet the child’s needs are taken into account. To obtain an Equal Shared Care Order, a parent typically needs to apply for a Child Arrangements Order through the family court. If you’re considering an application, contact our team to find out your options. 

    Seeking Support? Contact SKB Law Today

    We hope you found this post helpful. Please note it does not replace legal advice. If you’re experiencing challenges with co-parenting after divorce, contact our family law team to find out your options and learn how we can support you.

    Thank you for reading. 

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