Children

When a relationship breaks down, maintaining an amicable relationship can be challenging, especially when it comes to making provisions for your children.

Our family team have extensive experience in finding the right solutions in order to preserve a co-operative approach to parenting. It is best for any child that it is those who care for them that make decisions regarding their welfare.

Nevertheless, sometimes not all issues regarding a child’s welfare can be agreed and for this reason Court proceedings, as a last resort, have to be explored. Our family team are highly experienced in Court proceedings and because of this offer a high service in providing support, advice and representation that you may require during such proceedings. 

Our team will be able to advise you on any aspect of a child’s welfare including:

  • Child maintenance
  • Parental responsibility
  • Whom a child shall live with
  • Contact arrangements
  • Child relocation (whether within England and Wales or abroad)

Why choose our children law solicitors?

We offer an initial appointment of £75.00 plus VAT during which our family lawyer will discuss your requirements, explain your options and advise on the likely costs involved.

Our family lawyer is a member of Resolution, a network of family lawyers committed to removing unnecessary conflict from family law. This reflects our commitment to helping clients deal with their legal issues in a constructive, non-confrontational way.

From our local offices in Hoddesdon and Broxbourne, we work with clients across Hertfordshire, plus a growing number of clients throughout England, Wales and abroad.

Our team are happy to speak over the phone, via email or through videoconferencing for your safety and convenience.

Speak to our family lawyer for child law advice in Hoddesdon or Broxbourne

For a friendly, informal discussion about how our family lawyer can help you with any aspect of children law, please get in touch:

How we can help you make the right arrangements for your children

Child maintenance agreements

We can advise you on what support you are entitled to claim or will need to pay for your children following divorce or separation. Where there is the need for enhanced support, such as to pay for school fees, we can assist you with negotiating a bespoke agreement with your children’s other parent in an amicable way.

Should there be any issues with your former partner failing to pay child maintenance, we can advise you on your options, including initiating court proceedings where required.

Making voluntary child arrangements

When it comes to deciding where your children will live, what contact they will have with each parent and other arrangements for their upbringing, making an amicable agreement between both parents is usually in everyone’s best interests.

Our family law team can assist with constructive discussions between parents to agree child arrangements, as well as advising on the use of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, where appropriate.

Court proceedings for Child Arrangements Orders

If you are unable to reach a suitable agreement on child arrangements, our team can assist you on the process of going to court to seek a Child Arrangements Order. This will mean that a court will decide where your children will live, what contact they will have with each parent and any other essential arrangements.

Our child law experts can advise you on the process for making a court application, the likely outcomes and the costs involved. We can then make sure you have the best possible representation for any hearings that take place.

Parental responsibility

When dealing with any child law issues, a key factor to consider is who has ‘parental responsibility’ for the child or children in question. Having parental responsibility means you are legally required to provide for a child and you also have the right to be involved in decisions about their upbringing.

While birth mothers automatically have parental responsibility for a child (unless the child has been put up for adoption or taken into care), other parents may or may not have it, depending on the circumstances.

Our team can advise you on whether you have parental responsibility and the process for acquiring it where required. This can either happen through agreement with everyone else who has parental responsibility for a child or through a court order if necessary.

Child relocation

Should you need to move to another part of the UK or abroad with your child, or your former partner is planning such a move, it can have a big impact on the parent left behind. Such decisions should always be made in consultation with both parents where possible, which is something our team will be happy to facilitate.

If you/your former partner are planning a move abroad with your children, everyone with parental responsibility will normally need to agree to the move. If necessary, it may be possible to apply to a court for permission to take your children abroad if their other parent is objecting unreasonably. It may also be possible to apply to a court to prevent your children being taken abroad without your consent if required.

Our child law pricing

Fixed child law services

Some matters can be dealt with on a fixed fee basis, where appropriate, meaning you know the exact cost involved at the outset.

Hourly rates for children law advice

For more complex work, we will typically work to an agreed hourly rate. We will provide a realistic estimate of costs and keep you updated about expenditure, so you always remain in control of the costs involved.

Speak to our family lawyer for child law advice in Hoddesdon or Broxbourne

For a friendly, informal discussion about how our family lawyers can help you with any aspect of children law, please get in touch:

 

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