Children Law

Changing family circumstances such as divorce often bring about a need to revisit what now constitutes arrangements made in the best interests of children. We understand the emotional impact this can place on a family and will work with you to ensure your children’s rights and needs are met to ensure the best outcome for their welfare, both short term and long term. Talk to our team about how we can help put your preferred arrangements for the protection and benefit of your children in place.


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arrangements

Child Arrangement Orders, previously known as Residence and Contact orders, set out the terms and details with whom the child(ren) should live and spend time with. Specific Issues Orders ask the court to decide on a matter of particular concern such as what school a child should attend or if their religious upbringing needs are met. A ‘Prohibited Steps’ order stops a parent making a decision about the child’s upbringing.

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financial welfare

Whilst day-to-day child maintenance is normally dealt with (in the cases of non-agreement) by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), the court can ensure the child(ren) of divorcing spouses have the benefit of a stable home which can affect property distribution of the marital assets. Other provisions for child welfare can be dealt with if the assets allow, but cannot be ‘ring fenced’ if contradictary needs exist.

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other matters

Grandparents and extended family members who ordinarily play an important role in a child’s life can sadly be diminished in divorcing families due to a lack of defined ‘grandparent’s rights’ under existing UK law. We can assist in helping family members to make their application to the court to formalise ongoing contact with a Child Arrangement Order, should attempts for agreement through negotiation or mediation fail.