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Our experienced Child Law Solicitors appreciate that arrangements concerning your children are extremely important to both you and your children, and it is often the most emotive issue we deal with.
You can be assured our solicitors will handle your case in a sensitive and professional manner, whilst providing you with the expert legal advice you require in order to help to resolve any issues involving your children.
We provide advice and representation to mothers, fathers, and other family members including grandparents. We also have a team of solicitors who are able to advise children directly, where that is appropriate.
Our Child Law Solicitors deal with a wide variety of issues that might affect children and their families. Whilst every case we deal with is different, some of the common issues our solicitors provide legal advice on include:
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, obtaining a Child Arrangements Order which will set out the access or contact arrangements for your child.
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.
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.
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.
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 someone from our Family Law department will call you back to discuss your case.