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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.

I appreciate all the help and advice you gave me over the short period. Thanks again for all your help.

Mr N. Family Client

All the staff here are so friendly, they’ve really helped me cope with a difficult situation.

Family Client

I think we’ve cracked it! Family life much more relaxed and feel much happier. Thank you.

Ms J. Family Client

Many thanks for all your help and a great job done.

Ms S. Family Client

Thank you for everything you’ve done Lesley…I’m eternally grateful for everything.

Once again, thanks for everything.

Mr H. Family Client

Thank you very much for all your hard work and support with my family matter.



Mrs. O Family Client

Thank you so much for all your help with everything! You are truly amazing and I wouldn’t have got through it without your support and advice.

Ms. J Family Client

I just wanted to say thank you for supporting me and helping me get to where I needed to be!

Miss S. Family Law Client

They did a wonderful job helping my step daughter with changing her name, professional and very reasonable.

Mr R. Family Client

2014 was by far the worst year of my life to date. From the first time I met Lesley back in November 2013, she put me at ease and guided me exceedingly well through a very traumatic period. Thanks!!!

Mr C. Family Client

I wanted you to know how impressed I was with Alex, it is easy to say “she was just doing her job” however, I wanted you to know that I feel she is a credit to your firm.

Mrs B. Family Client

Chris Brown was absolutely brilliant in court. He is a lovely man who did his job perfectly and with style.

Mr H. Family Client

Jane is fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, nothing was too much trouble.

Ms C. Family Deparment Client

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.


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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