Family disputes are hard to tackle when it comes to a break up. Especially if children are involved. In such situations, questions often arise as to which of the parents will take care of the children and what the amount of maintenance will have to be paid by the other.
Child Custody Proceedings:
After the spouses become estranged and provided children are involved, child custody proceedings will most likely take place in order to determine which of the parents will take the custody of the children. In such cases, the Family Courts of Cyprus issue 3 kinds of decrees. The first one is the parental care decree, the second one is the child custody decree and the third one is the communications decree.
The usual occurrence is for the court to award a parental care decree to both spouses. The child custody decree will be awarded to one of the parents whilst the other parent will as a matter of course be granted a communications decree.
In cases where there is a disagreement between the spouses, the court appoints an officer of the Social Welfare Services to prepare a report which the court will take into account in ordering any of the abovementioned decrees.