Get confidential legal advice

From our friendly divorce and family law team


Get confidential legal advice

From our friendly divorce and family law team

Get specialist legal support from our solicitors for legal issues where children are involved.

Our experienced Child Law Solicitors appreciate that arrangements concerning your children are extremely important to both you and your children, and it is often the most emotive issue we deal with.

You can be assured our solicitors will handle your case in a sensitive and professional manner, whilst providing you with the expert legal advice you require in order to help to resolve any issues involving your children.

Legal Aid is often available in connection with child law matters.

Our Child Law legal services

We provide advice and representation to mothers, fathers, and other family members including grandparents. We also have a team of solicitors who are able to advise children directly, where that is appropriate.

Our Child Law Solicitors deal with a wide variety of issues that might affect children and their families. Whilst every case we deal with is different, some of the common issues our solicitors provide legal advice on include:

Disputes over child custody and access

Child custody disputes can be very emotional and we understand that sorting out arrangements for the custody of a child and the visiting rights of either parent can be a very delicate process. With our extensive experience dealing with child custody cases, we can help you to get the best possible outcome for you and for your children in child custody negotiations. Agreements over child custody can be difficult to come by – if this is the case we can help you resolve a custody dispute through the courts, by obtaining a Child Arrangements Order which will set out the access or contact arrangements for your child.

Disputes over parental responsibility

When a child is born, the mother automatically has parental responsibility. So does the father if he is married to the child’s mother when the child is born or he is registered as the father on the child’s birth certificate. An unmarried father can get parental responsibility for the child by making a Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother or by applying to the court for either a Parental Responsibility Order or a Residence and Special Guardianship Order.

Applying for a specific issue or prohibited steps order

A specific issue order is used to consider a particular question concerning how a child is being brought up.  One such example is if there is a dispute between parents over where their child should attend school.

A prohibited steps order is a court order which can prevent one parent from taking certain actions or making certain decisions on behalf of their child. It can be used where immediate action is required, for example if one parent is attempting to take their child out of the country permanently.

We can help you

From your initial appointment right through to representation during court proceedings we will be on hand to help you with your child law issue. We can also help you if you are applying for any court orders in relation to your child and we can attend court with you if required. With our help, you can be sure that any points you wish to make at a court hearing will be taken into account by the court when a decision about a court order is made.

Resolving disputes involving children

As members of Resolution, our solicitors and legal executives aim to work in a conciliatory manner in line with Resolution’s code of practice. Wherever possible, we aim to resolve child law matters quickly and amicably. Our child law solicitors can utilise a number of different approaches that are specifically designed to be less intimidating and less confrontational than traditional courtroom proceedings, including negotiations and mediation.

In the small number of cases where both parties involved aren’t able to resolve their issues through these alternative approaches, then we are fully able to represent you in a more traditional role during court proceedings.

Get the child law advice you need – today

Our child law solicitors are here to give clear and concise advice which allows you to make an informed decision about how you wish to proceed with your case. We appreciate that any legal issues involving children can be intensely emotional for all family members involved. We aim to deal with all child law matters as efficiently, sensitively and professionally as possible.

For a confidential discussion about a child law issue with one of our solicitors call 0151 239 1181 today. Alternatively you can fill in the contact form at the top of this page and someone from our family law department will call you back to discuss your case.

Hazel Bacon

Hazel Bacon

Head of Family and Divorce Law

0151 239 1072