After a marriage or relationship breakdown, when children are involved, everyone's target is children's best interests.
The Relations of Parents and Children Law (216/1990) provides for mandatory child maintenance provisions identifying the parents as the jointly responsible persons for the children's maintenance up to the age of 18.
Our practice involves legal assistance on all matters involving children, including:
- Custody & Residency of the children in Cyprus
- Contact & Communication between Parents and children in Cyprus
- Children Finances in Cyprus
- Parental Responsibility Issues
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Our practice includes representing either Applicants or Respondents to the above procedures. We ensure that each parent will have obligations towards the Child which correspond to his/her personal circumstances, his/her financial strength, and the needs of the Child.
Generally, for deciding on all above Orders the Court may take notice with regards to a number of matters relating to the Child, such as:
- The wishes and feelings of the Child (depending to the age)
- The Child's sex, age and particular characteristics
- The Child's educational and emotional needs
- The parents' standard of care and living
- The parents' economic abilities and strength
- The parent's capabilities of meeting the Child's needs
Parental Responsibility gives a variety of rights to the parent on all decisions about a child's upbringing and all important matters which will affect the child's education, religion etc. Although Parental Responsibility in Cyprus gives the parent a bundle of rights, there is a statutory obligation to exercise those rights for the best interests of the child.
The mother has Parental Responsibility by virtue of giving birth to the child. A father will automatically have Parental Responsibility if he was married to the mother at the time of the child's birth or right after. A non-married father will have Parental Responsibility if he is named on the birth certificate.