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Disputes and issues concerning children can be some of the most contentious and sensitive. Whether you are a parent, carer or other interested party, our expert team provides advice on all areas of law concerning children, including child maintenance contact arrangements, relocation applications and specific issues. Whilst we always encourage you to agree your own child arrangements, we recognise that this is not always possible. Consequently, advice from our family law solicitors is always tailored to place the children’s interests first whilst also presenting your views clearly.
We can help you with:
Child Arrangement Orders
We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to come to an agreement regarding the arrangements for your children, such as:
- Agreeing on who your child / children should live with;
- Agreeing when your child / children should see their other parent;
- Agreeing on a specific issue regarding childcare, school places, medical or religious issues.
The legal options available through these Court Orders are:
Child Arrangement Order
A child arrangement order can decide
- Which parent the child / children will live with
- When the child / children can see the other parent
- Changing your child’s name
- Decisions on your child’s school
- Any medical treatment or religious issue
Specific Issue Order
You can apply to the Court for a Specific Issue Order to reach an agreement on any matters regarding Parental Responsibility, such as:
- Which school your child will go to
- Whether your child will receive medical treatment
- The decision of whether religion should be part of your child’s upbringing
- Whether your child can be taken to live abroad with the other parent
- Changing a child’s surname.
Prohibited Steps Orders
A Prohibited Steps Order means the Court can prevent one parent from taking actions related to Parental Responsibility, such as:
- preventing the child/children being in contact with someone with adverse influence
- preventing the child/children from permanently living abroad
- preventing medical treatment
Feel free to call our professional Family Law team for a free, no-obligation informal discussion, and we’ll discuss your particular requirements in greater detail.