Some of the most important problems to resolve after separation involve the arrangements for children – where they live (formerly called residence or custody) and when and where they see other people who are important in their lives (formerly known as contact or access). The court has power to make a child arrangements order which can decide these issues as well as others such as which school to attend or which country they should live in.
Our family solicitors specialise in resolving disputes over arrangements for children. We help parents in all kinds of circumstances, including sensitive situations where allegations of abuse or parental alienation are involved, or where one parent decides to live overseas.
Our advice is practical and will always take account of your family’s particular needs and current law. We take time to understand your individual circumstances and discuss the best way forward before giving advice.
We have particular expertise in resolving child support issues, including appeals to the Tribunal Service. In fact, we provide a child support law service to other firms of solicitors who come to us for help, advice and representation in their cases.
All our family solicitors belong to Resolution, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.
- Appealed against out of time decision of the Child Support Agency made of its own volition to vary a child support maintenance assessment on the ground that the client had income that was not taken into account. The effect of the variation was that the child support calculation was significantly increased. Careful and highly technical advice was necessary on this highly specialised area of law.
- Seeking a variation of an order for payment of school fees to allow a child to attend a different private school. The client’s financial means were limited and she was not in a position to afford representation for court proceedings. Skilful and effective letter writing on our part not only avoided a protracted exchange of correspondence but resulted in the client’s request eventually being granted in all respects.
- Representing a wife in a divorce, complex financial remedy, Children Act and Family Law Act proceedings. This was highly contentious, with family injunction proceedings instigated by the husband almost immediately. Our client also applied for a non-molestation and occupation order, and ultimately these were resolved with cross-undertakings. There have been two sets of court proceedings concerning the arrangements for their children
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