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Child Law Solicitors

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Child law can be one of the most complex and sensitive areas of law that you may have to deal with.

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The Child Law Solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg are here to protect vulnerable children and to ensure that they can grow up in a safe and caring environment.


Our child law solicitors deal with a wide variety of issues that might affect children and their families and every case we deal with is different.  Some of the common issues affecting children that our child law solicitors deal with are:


  • Disputes over child custody and access
    Child custody disputes can be very emotional and we understand that sorting out arrangements for the custody of a child and the visiting rights of either parent can be a very delicate process. With our extensive experience dealing with child custody cases, we can help you to get the best possible outcome for you and for your children in child custody negotiations. Agreements over child custody can be difficult to come by - if this is the case we can help you resolve a custody dispute through the courts.

  • Disputes over parental responsibility
    When a child is born, the mother automatically has parental responsibility. So does the father if he is married to the child's mother when the child is born or (in the case of children born after 1 December 2003) he is registered as the father on the child's birth certificate. An unmarried father can get parental responsibility for the child by making a Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother or by applying to the court for either a Parental Responsibility Order or a Residence and Special Guardianship Order.

  • Applying for a prohibited steps order
    A prohibited steps order is a court order which can prevent one parent from taking certain actions or making certain decisions on behalf of their child. At one end of the scale you might need a Prohibited Steps Order if there is a dispute between parents over where their child should attend school. In other situations, prohibited steps orders can be used where immediate action is required, for example if one parent is attempting to take their child out of the country permanently.

Child Law Advice for parents and family members


Whether you are a parent, or another family member, we are here to give appropriate and proper legal advice. From your initial appointment right through to representation during Court Proceedings we will be on hand to help you with your child law issue.  We can also help you if you are applying for any court orders in relation to your child and we can attend court with you if required, so that you can be sure that any points you wish to make are taken into account by the court when a decision about a court order is made.


Legal representation for children


The work of a child law solicitor can also include matters requiring decisions to be made on behalf of a child. Child law solicitors are here to provide professional legal advice for any child law situation ranging from sorting out contact arrangements for a child whose parents do not live together through to dealing with cases involving children in immediate risk of harm. Legal advice from an expert child law solicitor can help you to know what your options are in these situations and where appropriate, our child law solicitors can work with social services and the police to act quickly to prevent your child from being put at risk by the actions of another party.


Resolving child law disputes


As members of Resolution, our solicitors and legal executives aim to work in a conciliatory manner in line with Resolution's code of practice. Wherever possible, we aim to resolve child law matters quickly and amicably. Our child law solicitors can utilise a number of different approaches that are specifically designed to be less intimidating and less confrontational than traditional courtroom proceedings, including negotiations and mediation. In the small number of cases where both parties involved aren't able to resolve their issues through these alternative approaches, then we are fully able to represent you in a more traditional role during court proceedings.


Get the Child Law Advice you need - today


Our child law solicitors are here to give clear and concise advice which allows you to make an informed decision about how you wish to proceed with your child law case. We appreciate that any legal issues involving children can be intensely emotional for all family members involved. We aim to deal with all child law matters as efficiently, sensitively and professionally as possible. For a confidential discussion about a child law issue with one of our child law solicitors call 0151 239 1181 and ask to speak with a member of our Family Law team. Alternatively you can fill in the contact form on our website and a member of the Family Law department will calll you back to discuss your case.


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