CHILDREN LAW SOLICITORS

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  • Simpson Sissons & Brooke LLP

    Straightforward legal advice...that doesn't cost the earth

    Simpson Sissons & Brooke LLP

    Simpson Sissons & Brooke LLP

    Straightforward legal advice...that doesn't cost the earth

    43 Townhead Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2EB

    0114 241 3970

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  • Morrisons Solicitors LLP

    Morrisons Solicitors LLP

    Morrisons Solicitors LLP

    Clarendon House, Clarendon Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1FB

    01737 854500

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  • Warner Goodman LLP

    Delighting our clients is our driving force

    Warner Goodman LLP

    Warner Goodman LLP

    Delighting our clients is our driving force

    Portland Chambers, 66 West Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0JR

    01329 288121

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  • Curzon Green

    Curzon Green Solicitors - the City of London and High Wycombe

    Curzon Green

    Curzon Green

    Curzon Green Solicitors - the City of London and High Wycombe

    114-116 Oxford Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2DN

    01494 451 355

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  • QualitySolicitors Chapman & Chubb

    QualitySolicitors Chapman & Chubb

    QualitySolicitors Chapman & Chubb

    Shane House, 157 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4JH

    01773 540480

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  • Ison Harrison Limited

    Ison Harrison Limited

    Ison Harrison Limited

    Duke House, 54 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE

    0113 284 5000

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  • southgate solicitors

    southgate solicitors

    southgate solicitors

    86 Crown Lane, London, Greater London, N14 5EN

    02080040065

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  • Wright Hassall LLP

    The secret behind our award winning success? Our clients.

    Wright Hassall LLP

    Wright Hassall LLP

    The secret behind our award winning success? Our clients.

    Olympus House, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV34 6BF

    01926 886 688

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  • Allington Hughes Limited

    One firm fits all.

    Allington Hughes Limited

    Allington Hughes Limited

    One firm fits all.

    10 Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL11 1SD

    01978 291 000

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  • Pepperells Solicitors

    Pepperells Solicitors

    Pepperells Solicitors

    100 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU1 2AE

    01482 326511

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  • ABMF

    We're on YOUR side!

    ABMF

    We're on YOUR side!

    42 Ringley Drive, Manchester, Lancashire, M45 7LR

    07970291197

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  • C A Sparkes Solicitors

    C A Sparkes Solicitors

    1st Floor, The Old Corner Shop, 23 High Street, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7AH

    01928 734000

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  • Broudie Jackson Canter

    Making a difference through the practice of law

    Broudie Jackson Canter

    Broudie Jackson Canter

    Making a difference through the practice of law

    Dale House, 27 Dale Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2HD

    0151 227 1429

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  • Thomson & Bancks Solicitors

    You Matter to Us

    Thomson & Bancks Solicitors

    Thomson & Bancks Solicitors

    You Matter to Us

    27 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RH

    01684 299633

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  • Clapham & Collinge LLP

    Supporting you and your family, for whatever life brings.

    Clapham & Collinge LLP

    Clapham & Collinge LLP

    Supporting you and your family, for whatever life brings.

    St. Catherine's House, All Saints Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3GA

    01603 693500

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Children Law

One of the most emotive fields in the legal system is that of children law. Any legal matter that involves children is likely to be rife with emotion, and the necessity for sensitivity and protection of minors is imperative. Children law solicitors are knowledgeable in a vast field of law and domestic matters, and work with empathy and discretion to achieve results without imposing unnecessary stress on children.

What is Children Law?

Children law or child law refers to a multitude of legal matters that centre around the welfare and maintenance of children. A child law solicitor will be skilled in their abilities to draw up contracts relating to custody, adoption and financial maintenance plans as well as acting as an empathetic and sensitive advisor.

The field of children law is a complex one and involves a variety of cases. A solicitor that specialises in children law is one who understands the laws, processes, emotions and timescales of a wide spectrum of legal cases involving children and their wellbeing.

What can a children law solicitor help me with?

There is a wide variety of cases that a children law solicitor can assist with. Some of the most common cases that are brought to legal firms include:

Custody - When a couple separates, one of the priority concerns for many is who will take primary care of the children. Some couples are able to make this arrangement amicably, and others may dispute it, needing a court ruling to determine the best scenario. A children law solicitor will work with parents to guide them through building a case, protecting the welfare of children and arranging mediation and paperwork. The solicitor will work hard to prevent undue impacts on youngsters and empathetically assist clients to ease the processes involved in custody cases.

Parental Responsibility - A mother is automatically given parental responsibility upon the birth of her child. If a father is married to the mother at the time of birth, he is also granted parental responsibility. If the father is not married to the mother, he is given parental responsibility when he is named on the birth certificate or when he applies for it with the agreement of the mother.

Otherwise, the father must apply to the court for parental responsibility and will be granted this upon the discretion of the court. Parental responsibility may also be granted to people who are not the biological parents of the child. The children law solicitor will work closely with their clients to understand their individual cases and to determine whether they have grounds to pursue an application for parental responsibility. The solicitor will then arrange for the necessary forms to be completed and submitted for application in a timely manner.

Child Maintenance - A children law solicitor can work with their client to arrange the financial support that is needed to benefit children when parents separate. The solicitor can help draw up the agreements that are made on a personal basis, or complete the relevant paperwork needed for the Child Maintenance Service. A children law solicitor will also assist parents who have disputes with child maintenance payments. This includes helping parents locate a person liable for child maintenance payments, arranging the repayment of missed payments and implementing a plan for future payments.

Prohibited Steps Order - If you have a fear that your partner or ex-partner could take your child out of the country, your child law solicitor will be able to work with you to create a prohibited steps order. This order is issued by the family court who can make it illegal for a person to take specific actions, such as leaving the country with a child. This order can also make it legal for one parent to make decisions without any input from the other. A court will only grant a prohibited steps order if it is deemed to be in the best interests of the child.

Adoption - Child law solicitors are knowledgeable and skilled at the legal requirements of UK and overseas adoption. The solicitor will help you to ensure that the adoption is legal and that all necessary forms are completed correctly. This can include the parental order, change of names and considerations such as medical responsibilities being transferred. The children law solicitor will also assist new adoptive parents in creating or amending wills and encourage them to think about life insurances, finances for the child's upbringing and visitation arrangements that may be granted to biological relatives of the child.

Are the views of a child heard in a legal situation?

The welfare of the child is paramount at all times throughout legal cases and as such, every person involved will endeavour to ensure that no child suffers unwarranted stress. For this reason, a child will never be asked to choose between their parents.

Parents are encouraged to listen to the desires of their children without prompting their choices and especially with older children, are encouraged to understand their perspective. Children may also be involved in mediation approaches, which will help to ascertain what is best for them in a relaxed and controlled environment.

A family court may appoint an expert from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service to liaise with the child to understand their wishes and any responses are likely to form the decision process of the court.

Can a children law solicitor help if my partner won't let me see my children?

It is important to act as quickly as possible if there are disputes between parents with regards to access to children. A children law solicitor will have a wealth of experience in this field and will provide expert advice on how to respond in a legal and effective way.

It may be possible to reach solutions through family mediation and amicable liaisons, and this is the preferred method for reaching results. Sometimes, a legal letter will have the required impact and shock the other parent into a reasonable and fair interchange. If neither of these approaches work, it may be necessary to commence court proceedings in order to obtain a Contact Order.

Children law solicitors are likely to advise parents who have been prohibited from direct contact to continue indirect contact where possible. Writing letters, sending emails and trying to communicate with the child will demonstrate the intentions of the parent and highlight their efforts to a family court. It is always vital to consider the effect on the child and be sure not to distress them in any actions.

A person with parental responsibility is legally entitled to receive updates on the child's welfare and copies of their school reports.. A children law solicitor will be well placed to advise their clients on how to access such updates in a legal manner.

The ultimate guide to hiring a solicitor

The ultimate guide to hiring a solicitor

Hiring a solicitor for any legal issue can feel quite daunting. It is important that you make a good decision, but you may not know what to look for and how to chose a solicitor that is right for you. To help make the process easier, we have created the ultimate guide to hiring a solicitor. We have highlighted some of the key considerations you should take into account, as well as some handy tips to help make finding and choosing a solicitor both stress and hassle free.

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