Child Arrangements

Child Arrangements

A wealth of experience in dealing with disputes

Our Family Law team have a wealth of experience in dealing with disputes concerning children and have specialism in all areas of child arrangements. Relationship breakdown or parental disputes can be distressing for all parties involved; the children, parents, Grandparents or anyone closely involved in a child’s life.

The main focus in dealing with these issues has to be the children’s best interests and their welfare is paramount and the law treats it as such. Our team are sympathetic to the emotive situation our client’s finds themselves in when children are involved and are committed to applying a practical, straight talking and supportive approach to help resolve any children issues. To speak to a member of the team, please call 01273 956270 and ask for the family department or use our website enquiry form, which we endeavour to respond to without delay.

Family Solicitors in Brighton, Hove, Hassocks & Farnham

Do you need family law advice? Contact GoodLaw Solicitors LLP in Sussex and Surrey.
SUSSEX: 01273 956 270 | SURREY: 01252 471 211

Child Arrangement Orders

In their simplest terms, these are orders that make decisions about the arrangements for children. Commonly, this is with whom they live and where they stay, historically known as custody or residence and contact orders. However, these can also cover what a parent can or cannot do with their child. These are known as Prohibited Steps Orders or Specific Issue Orders. A Prohibited Steps Order stops a parent exercising an aspect of their parental responsibility when the other parent does not agree to that course of action; such as a change of name or relocation. A Specific Issue Order is used where the court is required to step in and make a decision for a child about a certain point where the parents simply cannot agree it between them; such as what school they should go to.

Our team does not just assist parents but also frequently assists Grandparents, Special Guardians and other family members with child issues. We not only have the expertise to assist in straightforward disputes but also have specialisms in children cases involving the following:

  1. Internal and External relocation (moving away in the UK or moving abroad with a child);
  2. Coercive control and domestic abuse issues;
  3. Parental alienation. This is an extremely complex issue and specialist legal advice should always be taken whether you are concerned about your child’s parent alienating you or if you, yourself are accused of alienating your child;
  4. Criminal involvement; allegations of abuse against a child, be that sexual, physical or other criminal offences which may impact on care of a child;
  5. Social Services’ involvement
  6. Jurisdictional issues;
  7. Modern families;
  8. Mental health in parents and children;
  9. Substance abuse and addiction issues.

If you are in need of any advice about your child/ren, their welfare and arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01273 956270 or using our website form. We offer a free initial 30 minute consultation in qualifying circumstances and also are able to offer legal aid should you meet the relevant criteria.

Our Family Law Team

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