We offer extensive expertise in relation to national and international issues concerning children, and act for parents, step-parents, grandparents, alternative families and those who otherwise play a role in children’s lives. We aim to assist parents, where possible, to achieve workable solutions which have their children’s best interests at heart. Sometimes, disputes do have to be settled in Court and we ensure that, in such circumstances, we provide clients with a dedicated and supportive team.
Our work includes providing advice in relation to:
- parental responsibility orders: where the parents are not married and the father is not named on the birth certificate, the father can only obtain parental responsibility (all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority in relation to a child) by written agreement with the mother or by a Court Order
- child arrangements orders (sometimes referred to colloquially as custody, access, residence or contact): with whom a child should live and whether and how often a child should see the absent parent and/or other family members
- relocation disputes: where one parent wishes to relocate, nationally or internationally, with a child
- issues concerning where and how a child should be educated
- drafting parenting plans
- fertility law and new families