Children and Family Law
We can help and advise you in relation to contact with your child following a separation or divorce. We appreciate that divorce is a very difficult time and on top of that, having to sort out matters in relation to contact with your child can make things even more stressful.
It is possible for you to reach an agreement with your partner through Mediation. It is often in both parties’, and your child’s best interests if an amicable agreement can be reached in relation to contact. Of course, this is not always possible, and our experienced Family Team are here to advise you on what other options are available if you are unable to reach an agreement.
If you are unable to reach an agreement in respect of contact with your child, we can assist in negotiating with your partner or their solicitor on your behalf.
If an agreement cannot be reached through solicitors, we can help with preparing your application to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order and can assist you with the subsequent proceedings that will follow.
If you have parental responsibility for your child, this gives you a right to be involved in key decisions in relation to your child’s upbringing. This includes having a say in your child’s name, their religion, where they go to school and what medical procedures they should (or should not) have.
Where the parents are married when the child is born, both the father and mother will have equal parental responsibility rights. Where the parties are not married, the father will not automatically have parental responsibility for the child, unless he has been named as the child’s father on the birth certificate after 1 December 2003.
Although an unmarried father does not automatically have parental responsibility for the child, it is possible to enter into a Parental Responsibility Agreement. This could either be obtained with the mother’s consent, or by making an application to the Court.
If you have concerns that your partner is planning to remove your child from the jurisdiction without your consent, you can apply to the Court for an emergency order called a Prohibited Steps Order to prevent them from doing so.
If you have concerns that your child will be removed from the jurisdiction imminently then you can contact the Police and they may be able to assist in putting out a ‘port alert’.
If you and/or your children are suffering from domestic violence at the hands of an abusive partner, we are here to support you. Please see our Domestic Violence Injunctions page for more information on how we can assist you.
If you are suffering from domestic violence or abuse, then we would urge you to contact a member of our Family Team who can provide you with help and advice.
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If you need advice in relation to any of the above issues concerning your child or children, call us today on 020 3856 8156 or complete our online enquiry form.