Your Position Statement is where you set out your case to the court. You must not put what YOU want but what is in your child‘s best interest. Remember that the Children Act 1989 gives no rights to parents, so do not refer to your rights, however much you think they are being ignored. The purpose of the Statement is to give the judge an understanding of the dispute and an indication of what you would like the court to do in order to resolve it.
- whether you are opposed in principle to the order the other person is seeking;
- what arrangements (or order, if you are not applying for a Child Arrangements Order) you are seeking;
- if you oppose in principle the other party's application, explain why, in general terms (e.g. "she/he drinks to excess", "his/her current partner is violent to him/her in front of the children");
- if you agree in principle (e.g. you agree there should be contact / that the child should live with them but disagree with the specific suggestions they've made) say very briefly why (e.g. you don't think the proposals are practical / you feel the level of contact proposed is too much/too little / you feel it doesn't reflect the children's wishes).