CHILDREN

We recognise that issues relating to children are important to you. We are able to advise on all aspects of law relating to a child’s upbringing. We have a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the Children Act 1989 and ensure that we adhere to the principle set out in Section 1 of the Children Act, which is that at all times the welfare of your children will be our paramount consideration.

We offer specialist advice in the following areas:

  • Child Arrangements Orders settling with whom the children are to live and how often they are to spend time with the other parent.
  • Child care – matters involving children where Children’s Services have intervened.
  • Adoption
  • Removing a child out of the UK to live (removal from jurisdiction).
  • Declaration of parentage.
  • Parental Responsibility.
  • Assisting wider family members e.g. Grandparents, in respect of both seeing and/or caring for children of the family.

Sometimes when there is a crisis in a family the Local Authority step in to protect the children. If this happens to you we can help. We have a great deal of experience in this type of work and provide sound sensible advice and assistance to try and avoid Court proceedings with a view to keeping your family together. We recognise how daunting it can be if Children’s Services become involved with your family and the importance of seeking advice as early as possible. Legal Aid is always available to any parent where the Local Authority applies to the Court for an Order that affects the parent’s legal rights in relation to their children. This can be an enormously stressful and disruptive time for you. Whatever your relationship to the children, we aim to provide a comprehensive range of representation and assistance, including clear and supportive advice at what we appreciate is an extremely difficult time for you and the children.

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