Overview: Child Custody and Access

Child custody and access arrangements are crucial aspects of divorce proceedings, as they determine where children will live and how they will spend time with each parent after the divorce. Custody refers to the legal right and responsibility to make decisions about a child’s upbringing, while access (visitation) refers to the right of a non-custodial parent to spend time with their child. These arrangements are based on the best interests of the child and aim to promote their well-being and stability.


Child custody and access arrangements can be complex and emotionally challenging for divorcing parents. It’s essential to prioritize the needs and best interests of the child when making decisions about custody and access. There are different types of custody arrangements, including:

  • Sole Custody: One parent has primary physical and legal custody of the child, while the other parent may have visitation rights.
  • Joint Custody: Both parents share physical and legal custody of the child, and decisions about the child’s upbringing are made jointly.
  • Shared Custody: The child spends a significant amount of time with each parent, and both parents have equal responsibility for the child’s care and decision-making.

Access arrangements determine when and how the non-custodial parent will spend time with the child. These arrangements can be flexible and tailored to the needs of the child and parents’ schedules. Factors such as the child’s age, relationship with each parent, and proximity to school and other activities are taken into account when determining custody and access.

How Divorce Lawyer Dublin Can Help:

At Divorce Lawyer Dublin, we understand the importance of child custody and access arrangements in divorce cases. Our experienced solicitors can provide expert guidance and representation to help you navigate these sensitive issues. Here’s how we can assist:

  1. Negotiation and Mediation: We can help you and your spouse negotiate custody and access arrangements through mediation, facilitating constructive discussions and reaching agreements that prioritize the best interests of the child and support them.
  2. Court Representation: If litigation becomes necessary, our solicitors will represent you in court proceedings to advocate for your preferred custody and access arrangements. We will present evidence, make legal arguments, and fight for your rights as a parent.
  3. Child-Centered Approach: Our team takes a child-centered approach to custody and access, focusing on what is in the best interests of the child. We will work with you to develop custody and access plans that promote stability, continuity, and the child’s relationship with both parents.
  4. Modification and Enforcement: If circumstances change or if there are disputes over existing custody and access arrangements, we can help you seek modifications or enforce court orders to ensure that the arrangements continue to meet the child’s needs.

Whether you are seeking sole custody, joint custody, or access rights, Divorce Lawyer Dublin is here to provide you with the support and representation you need to protect your parental rights and promote your child’s well-being. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your custody and access concerns.