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Our legal experts can assist in all matters of child law.

As solicitors, we specialise in child law issues and know how much the welfare of your children matters to you. We are committed to providing advice and information to help you resolve issues in a discreet, sympathetic and honest way.

If your marriage or relationship has broken down, we can help to make arrangements for the children in an amicable way. If matters are not agreed, then mediation may be able to assist. If it is necessary, you may need to apply to the Court. We can assist you in applying to the Court for them to reach a decision as to:

Child Contact, Residence and Raising

We aim to achieve a compatible child contact arrangement with a child and parents or relevant relatives, taking into account the best interests of the child. We often try to resolve such situations through “pre-proceedings”. Where this is not possible, we prepare a case to go to court.

We understand that a child may need to stay in more than one household depending on the composition of the family and particular circumstances involved. We aim to achieve a suitable residence agreement, with or without the need for a Court Order. There are certain issues that parents cannot agree upon which may include schooling, religion and travel, etc. which may need to be resolved with or without the need of a Court Order.

Prohibited Steps

There may be a need to stop a party from doing something relating to their children; for example, preventing one parent from changing the child’s surname or prohibiting a child from being moved abroad without all relevant parties’ consent.

Leave to remove (out of the jurisdiction)

Where it is a parties’ intention to move abroad with a child as part of an international relocation, it is important to consider the implications of this for that child but also the other parent. Such issues can also involve the removal of a child (often referred to as abduction, and consideration should be made of the Child Abduction Act 1984). It may also be necessary to obtain the approval of that parent (providing the written consent of each person who has Parental Responsibility) either by way of a Declaration or Court Order. We have a considerable amount of experience in this area of law.

Parental Responsibility

It is crucial to be aware of your responsibilities surrounding your children. We can advise on the various methods of obtaining Parental Responsibility.

Finances

Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may need to consider not only child maintenance but other financial applications for the benefit of your children under the Children Act 1989. We are able to also assist you in this area.

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