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Children’s law solicitors specialise in legal matters concerning children. They typically handle cases involving child custody, visitation rights, guardianship, child protection, child maintenance, adoption, and other issues related to children’s welfare and rights. These solicitors are well-versed in family law and have expertise in dealing with cases that specifically involve minors. They work to represent children’s best interests and ensure that their legal rights are protected in various legal proceedings.
If you are seeking the assistance of a children’s law solicitor, Expert Family Law have access to an experienced panel of solicitors to assist you with your case. Our panel of solicitors can provide legal advice, representation, and guidance through legal processes to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children involved. Please get in touch today to find out more.
What does a children’s law solicitor specialise in?
Children’s law solicitors have a deep understanding of family law and additional expertise in dealing specifically with cases that involve minors. They aim to ensure that the legal process is as smooth as possible for the child and that their welfare remains the top priority throughout any legal proceedings.
Our panel of specialist family lawyers and child law solicitors are able to assist on a whole range of matters regarding children and family law, including the following:
A child custody solicitor is a legal professional who specialises in assisting parents or guardians in navigating the complex legal aspects of child custody arrangements. Their roles and responsibilities include:
- Legal Advice and Representation: Providing legal advice to parents or guardians seeking custody arrangements, explaining their rights, responsibilities, and options under family law.
- Negotiation and Mediation: Assisting in negotiating custody agreements between parents or guardians, aiming to reach an amicable solution without progressing to court proceedings. They may also facilitate mediation sessions and dispute resolution to help parties come to an agreement.
- Court Representation: Representing clients in court if an agreement cannot be reached outside of court. They advocate for their client’s interests and present arguments to support their case regarding custody arrangements of a child or children.
- Drafting Legal Documents: Drafting legal documents and agreements related to child custody, including parenting plans and visitation schedules.
- Modification of Custody Orders: Assisting clients in modifying existing custody orders when circumstances change, such as a parent’s relocation or a change in the child’s needs.
- Enforcement of Custody Orders: Assisting in enforcing court-ordered custody arrangements if one party fails to comply with the terms of the agreement.
Child custody solicitors work to ensure that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in any custody decision. They aim to guide their clients through the legal process, offering support and representation while advocating for fair and appropriate custody arrangements that prioritise the well-being of the child.
Child arrangement orders
A Child Arrangement Order is a legal document issued by the court that determines the arrangements for a child’s upbringing. It outlines with whom the child will live, spend time, and have contact. This order replaced the previous concepts of residence and contact orders in England and Wales under the Children Act 1989.
Key points about a Child Arrangement Order include:
- Living Arrangements: It specifies with whom the child will primarily live, whether with one parent, both parents jointly, or another guardian or relative.
- Contact Arrangements: It details the time the child will spend with the parent or guardian with whom they do not primarily live, including weekends, holidays, and other specific times.
- Specific Issue Orders: Sometimes, a Child Arrangement Order may include particular issues such as education, medical treatment, or religious upbringing.
Child Arrangement Orders are intended to provide clear, legally binding guidance on where a child will live and with whom they will have contact, focusing on the child’s best interests. These orders can be agreed upon between the parties or determined by the court if the parties cannot reach an agreement.
The court considers various factors, primarily the welfare of the child when making decisions about Child Arrangement Orders. These orders are tailored to fit the unique circumstances of the child and the family, aiming to provide stability and ensure the child’s well-being.
Alongside Child Arrangement Orders, our panel of solicitors may also assist with Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders.
A child maintenance solicitor specialises in legal matters related to child support and maintenance. Their primary focus is to ensure that children receive the financial support they need from one or both parents following separation or divorce. The solicitor’s roles and responsibilities typically include:
- Legal Advice: Offering legal guidance and advice to parents or guardians regarding their financial responsibilities towards their children, including understanding the laws and obligations related to child maintenance.
- Negotiation and Mediation: Assisting in negotiations between parents or guardians to reach agreements on child support payments without going to court. This may involve mediation sessions to facilitate discussions and agreements.
- Court Representation: Representing clients in court if an agreement cannot be reached outside of court. The solicitor presents the case for child support, ensuring that the child’s financial needs are considered.
- Enforcement and Variation: Assisting in the enforcement of child maintenance orders and seeking variations if circumstances change, such as changes in income or living arrangements.
- Calculation of Payments: Helping parents understand and calculate the appropriate amount of child maintenance based on legal guidelines and the financial circumstances of both parents.
Child maintenance solicitors work to ensure that children receive adequate financial support from their parents to cover their living expenses and other needs. They aim to navigate the legal system, providing support, advice, and representation to ensure the child’s financial well-being is safeguarded.
Child protection solicitors specialise in legal matters concerning the welfare and safety of children. They play a crucial role in cases involving child protection, which could include instances of neglect, abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual), domestic violence, or situations where a child’s safety or well-being is at risk.
These solicitors work within the legal system and social services to protect vulnerable children and ensure their safety. They play a vital role in safeguarding the rights and well-being of children in cases where there are concerns about their welfare.
Guardianship and adoption
Guardianship and adoption solicitors specialise in legal matters relating to the establishment of legal special guardianship or adoption of children. Their primary focus is to facilitate the legal processes involved in providing a secure and permanent family environment for children, ensuring their best interests and welfare.
How can Expert Family Law assist?
We understand that disputes involving children and their care can be incredibly complex and sensitive. The solicitors on our panel can provide you with the best advice and assistance on resolving disputes surrounding children and parental responsibility.
As well as assisting with child arrangements, our panel of family law solicitors can also advise and assist on the process of other law matters, such as divorce and the division of assets following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership (ancillary relief).
We ensure that the family law solicitors on our children’s panel have the skills and experience required to assist with your legal case. We can assure you that your case will be dealt with in a compassionate and understanding manner.
Get in touch today using the enquiry form at the top of the page to find out if a child arrangement solicitor from our panel could help on your case.
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