When you are separating or divorcing, the priority for you as a parent is to sort out the arrangements for your children. You want to do the best for your children in what can be an emotionally challenging and testing time.
Our specialist children law solicitors and family lawyers are here to help you resolve child arrangements so you and your children can adjust to the new situation with minimum disruption.
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When you first think about a separation or divorce you may not know where to start to try and sort out child arrangements. You may think that your ex-partner is being unreasonable and putting their needs above those of your children. They may be proposing arrangements which seem to be ignoring the practical difficulties or the wishes of your children.
Our expert children law solicitors can advise you on the best way to resolve child arrangements and help you to make decisions with confidence. Your options include:
- Solicitor negotiations
- Roundtable meeting
- Family mediation
- Court proceedings for a child arrangement order
Our team can help you work out which option is likely to be best for you and your family to reach an agreement on parenting arrangements.
Urgent Child Arrangements Advice
If you are worried about your family situation, we can offer urgent legal advice, so you understand your children law rights and court options. Examples of where you may need quick advice include:
- Your ex-partner is refusing to let you see your children
- You are experiencing domestic violence
- You are worried about child abduction and fear that your ex-partner may take your children overseas
- You are concerned about the safety of your children with your partner.
Our specialist lawyers can help you with all your children law needs.
For an initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on 01234 343134 or email us at email@example.com and a member of our team will get back to you.
Applying for a Child Arrangement Order
Reaching an amicable agreement with the other parent is by far the best solution for the children where this can be done safely, but sadly despite best efforts this is not always possible. If you cannot agree on the parenting arrangements that will work best for your children, you or your ex-partner, could apply to the family court for a child arrangements order. This type of children law order settles residence, access and contact to your children. Our expert lawyers can represent you in those proceedings to help you achieve the best outcome for you and your family.
Child arrangement orders are very flexible and can include:
- Shared parenting orders with children spending an equal amount of time with each parent
- Child arrangements where one parent cares for the children for the majority of the time and the other parent’s contact with the children is set out in the court order. The contact could include overnight, weekend and mid-week contact as well as holiday arrangements.
The court will focus on the needs of your child when deciding what children law order to make. That is why it is important that your child arrangements order application addresses why the orders you are asking the court to make are in the best interests of your children.
Children Law Applications
In addition to sorting out your child arrangements addressing where your children will live and the contact arrangements, our family law solicitors can also help you with:
- Specific issue order proceedings – if you cannot agree on a specific matter such as whether your child should be privately educated or if they should be home-schooled or.be vaccinated
- Prohibited steps order – if you need to stop something from happening to your child (for example to stop them being moved schools if this is going to damage their education)
- Relocation orders – if you want to move overseas with your children or you want to oppose the international relocation of your children
- Holiday orders – if you want to take your children abroad on holiday and your ex-partner will not give their agreement or you object to the planned holiday
- Child abduction orders and prohibited steps orders to stop a child from being taken abroad
- Parental responsibility applications
- Child maintenance and child support advice
- Top up child maintenance
- School fee order applications
- Children financial applications under schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 – for housing provision for your children or a lump sum to meet a child’s specific need
- Step-parent rights and legal advice
- Grandparent rights and legal advice
Our family law solicitors can help you with all your children law questions and needs. We provide impartial expert legal advice to help you decide how best to resolve child arrangements after your separation or divorce. Our team can negotiate or represent you in court proceedings and will ensure your views on what is best for you and your family are heard.
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Fixed Fee Divorce
When you are getting divorced it can feel as if you are surrounded by uncertainty; over the child and parenting arrangements, where you will live, what you will get or pay in spousal maintenance, or how best to split any finances and assets. With a fixed fee divorce, the stress is reduced to give you the confidence to start creating a new future for yourself and your family.
Did you know… mediation allows you and your former partner to explore ideas about what your future may look like after separating and find common ground, without the anxiety of court proceedings, which could potentially save you time, money and of course stress?
When trying to reach a divorce financial settlement with your ex-partner it can be hard to know where to start. Our family law solicitors can help you understand your rights and options so you can secure a divorce financial settlement that meets your needs.
We understand that when relationships break down, life can become difficult. We know that thinking about a separation can be very upsetting and disruptive.
We understand that if you are unmarried and your relationship breaks down you may be confused about the best way forward.
If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, we understand that you will be upset, and might find it difficult to discuss what is happening to you.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) offers family clients creative and flexible ways to put an end to their differences, without the added cost, delay and stress of going to court.
We advise on high net worth divorce and family arrangements. Our specialist family solicitors have the expertise and experience to help you resolve family law issues where there is high net worth, international connections, or a public profile to safeguard.
If you are not getting to see your grandchildren our family law solicitors can help you understand your legal rights and explore ways to make sure that you can get to see more of your grandchildren.
Whether you need spousal maintenance, or you are being asked to financially support your ex-wife or husband, spousal maintenance can be an emotive topic and a hard area to resolve.
Pensions on divorce need careful consideration whether you are nearing retirement or have some time to go before you plan to stop working. We recommend that you seek expert legal settlement advice from specialist family law solicitors so you understand your pension options on divorce and how best to achieve a fair divorce financial settlement.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
If you are planning on getting married you should think about signing a prenuptial agreement. You do not need to have significant wealth to benefit from securing the peace of mind and security a prenuptial agreement provides.
Together We Part Service
We are often asked by couples who are separating whether they can both have the same solicitor. They know that they need legal advice on some of the issues arising from their separation, whether it be finance or children. But they are afraid that involving lawyers on each side will lead to increased conflict and drawn-out disputes, as well as to significant costs.
Family Solicitors for Police
We understand that the nature of police work can put extraordinary pressure on family life and you need advice to ensure that your family related issues are resolved as quickly, and efficiently as possible.
Family Solicitors For NHS Staff
Nobody ever expects to have family problems, but when they do occur you will want somebody to help you resolve them, swiftly and amicably.
Military Divorce Solicitors
When you are in the military, there may be added pressures involved that could potentially lead to a breakdown of the relationship. Although the legal process of divorce is the same, there are often more complexities involved, such as military pensions, complex child arrangements and matters regarding child or spousal maintenance.