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Children

We assist parents and other family members to reach agreement on arrangements for children following separation or when there has been a breakdown or disagreement about existing arrangements. We have an experienced team with accredited specialists who advise across the broad field of Children law in a pragmatic and effective way.

How can we help?

We will always look at the bigger picture with you and guide you in a way that reduces animosity and tries to build a stable platform for your children to flourish, avoiding the negative effects of your relationship breakdown, as far as possible. The children’s welfare will always be our priority and we aim to assist parents to resolve matters constructively.

We feel that parents should consider trying to resolve any differences by constructive dialogue directly, via solicitors or in mediation. We acknowledge that it is not always possible and we are here to advise, support mediation or take legal action as you require.

We have significant expertise in the following areas:

  • Child Abduction: Reuniting parents with children who have been removed/representing the parent who has removed the child. Find out more here.
  • Child arrangement orders: This is the umbrella term that encompasses the previous terms of Residence and Contact (and before that the terms of Custody and Access). The courts will now talk in terms of who the child should live with and what time they should spend with each parent.
  • Financial provision for children: This is dealt with under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and includes property settlement awards, lump sum orders and top-up child maintenance. Please see Financial Provision for unmarried couples here.
  • Parental Responsibility: The right to decide and be consulted on important aspects of a child’s life.
  • Prohibited Steps Orders: Orders preventing one parent from doing something.
  • Relocation: This is when one parent is planning to relocate a child within the jurisdiction of England and Wales (internal relocation) or abroad (international relocation). We can advise and represent you whether you are the parent wanting to relocate your family or the parent hoping to prevent the relocation.
  • Social Services Involvement: We have a large department who can advise if Social Services become involved with your family. Please find out more here.
  • Special Guardianship: Orders granting rights to a non-parent and authorising them to care for a child without severing legal ties with the birth family.
  • Specific Issue Orders: Orders governing a particular area of concern such as where a child should go to school or what medical treatment should be given. Whatever the nature of your case, we can assist and have accredited family lawyers experienced in the whole breadth of children matters. From drawing up effective amicable child arrangement agreements to dealing with complex proceedings involving allegations of serious harm or parental alienation, we are here to help.

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Your key contacts:
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Liz Francis
Managing Partner Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Sue Harlow
Senior Partner Head of Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Elinor Feeny
Partner Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Anna Gowen
Partner Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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James Dunn
Consultant Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Hazel Kent
Associate Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Maisie Lockyer
Associate Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Helen Mead
Solicitor Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Priya Joshi
Trainee Solicitor Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Mehri Wilson
Paralegal Family & Divorce

Tel:02072280017

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Holly Fisher
Trainee Solicitor Family

Tel:02072280017

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