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Children's Issues

At Hegarty Solicitors we understand how difficult and stressful it can be when dealing with issues that affect your children, particularly if you are going through a divorce or separation or if social services are involved in your children’s care.

Our team of family lawyers can offer support and advice on a variety of issues affecting families and children.

We have family lawyers that specialise in various areas of practice involving children, including:

  • Separation or divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Care proceedings
  • Adoption
  • Separation or Divorce

One of the most vital things to consider when a couple separate or divorce is the effect it will have on their children. Emotions often run high but it is important to put the children’s needs first and prevent them being caught up in arguments.

Our experienced family law team support a non-confrontational approach to divorce that takes into account the best interests of children involved.

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Keeping Children Safe

It is important that children are not exposed to harmful conflicts in the home as well as protected from physical harm. If there has been physical violence or abuse it may be necessary to consider whether it is in a child’s best interests to have contact with the violent parent, or safeguards can be put in place if necessary.

If you are experiencing domestic violence remember, you are not alone, it is imperative that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible or call the 24 hour National Domestic Violence helpline on 0800 2000 247.

Care Proceedings

It is very daunting to have social services involved in the care of your children and in this situation it is extremely important that you obtain specialist legal advice on your position.

We can help you at all stages by advising and representing you in any care proceedings.

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Am I entitled to Legal Aid?

Irrespective of your income and assets public funding (also known as legal aid) is automatically available to parents and parties with parental responsibility. It is extremely important that you obtain specialist legal advice on your position.

Adoption

If you are considering adopting, whether to start or extend your family, our specialist team can guide you through the legal aspects of adoption. We can offer help with:

  • Step-parent adoptions
  • Adoptions via a local authority or adoption agency
  • Alternative options to adoption such as Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Orders.
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