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Child Law Solicitors in London

When it comes to matters involving children, legal proceedings can be complex and emotionally challenging. That's why it is crucial to seek the guidance and expertise of a specialist child law solicitor. At our firm in North-West London, we understand the sensitive nature of these cases and are committed to providing compassionate support and expert legal advice to help you navigate through this difficult time.

Our Commitment to You

We take pride in offering a personalised service that focuses on your unique needs and best interests. Our team of family solicitors is not only highly experienced but also members of Resolution, an organisation dedicated to resolving family law disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational manner. With us by your side, you can trust that we will work tirelessly to find the most cost-effective and long-term solution for your case at every step of the process.

Child Arrangements Order: Ensuring the Best Interests of the Child

When relationships break down, one of the most common issues that arise is determining where the child should live and how often the other parent should have contact. Under the current law, before making any relevant applications, you must attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM), except in certain circumstances such as evidence of domestic violence, child protection concerns, or emergencies.

Child Arrangements Orders have replaced the previous Residence Orders and Contact Orders, providing clearer guidelines on where the child should live, when they should spend time with each parent, and when other types of contact, such as phone calls, should take place. These orders can be highly specific or more open-ended, depending on the circumstances. They are not limited to parents and can also include arrangements between other family members. In some cases, the court may require supervised contact or specify a particular location for contact to take place.

Child arrangements law primarily focuses on determining the living arrangements and contact arrangements between parents or other caregivers and the child. Formerly referred to as "custody" and "access," the terminology has evolved to emphasize a child-centered approach, prioritizing the child's best interests above all else.

Child Maintenance

 

Child maintenance law in the UK is designed to ensure that both parents financially support their child following separation or divorce. It is based on the principle that both parents have a responsibility to contribute to the upbringing and well-being of their child. The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) calculates the amount of maintenance to be paid based on the non-resident parent's income and the number of children involved. In cases where parents cannot agree on maintenance arrangements, the CMS can intervene to establish a fair and consistent payment plan. Our law firm has a deep understanding of child maintenance law and can provide expert guidance to parents seeking clarity and compliance with their financial obligations. Let us help you navigate this aspect of family law with empathy and professionalism to secure a stable future for your child.

Seeking Resolution through Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders

In addition to Child Arrangement Orders, parents can seek court intervention for specific issues related to their child. This is known as a Specific Issue Order, and it allows the court to decide on matters such as the child's school attendance. Furthermore, if there is a need to prevent the other parent from taking certain actions regarding the child, a Prohibited Steps Order can be sought. For example, this order can forbid the other parent from removing the child from the jurisdiction without consent.

Understanding Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility is a legal concept that grants certain rights, duties, powers, responsibilities, and authority to a parent in relation to their child. By default, the birth mother has Parental Responsibility unless it has been extinguished. If the parents were married at the time of the child's birth, both parents automatically have Parental Responsibility. However, if the parents are unmarried, the father can have Parental Responsibility if his name is on the child's birth certificate (after December 1st, 2003). If this requirement is not met, the parents can sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement or the father can apply to court for an order granting him Parental Responsibility.

Putting Your Trust in Our Expertise

At our firm, we understand the importance of finding a family law solicitor who is not only a specialist in child law but also someone you can trust and communicate with effectively. We strive to develop a strong working relationship with our clients, ensuring that you feel comfortable and supported throughout the entire legal process. Our team of dedicated professionals will guide you through this challenging time, providing expert advice and working diligently to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Get in Touch with Our Child Law Solicitors in Hendon, North-West London

If you are facing legal proceedings involving your children or need advice from a specialist family lawyer regarding child-related matters, don't hesitate to reach out to our award-winning family law team. We are here to provide the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. Contact us today at by completing our online contact form to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

Remember, you don't have to face these challenges alone. Our specialist family lawyers are here to champion your rights and ensure the best interests of your child are protected.

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