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One of the most important things to consider when a couple separate or divorce is the effect it will have on their children.

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

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.

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

Fantastic service, Lesley always showed compassion and understanding of my case and worked hard to ensure the very best outcome, she is not afraid to confront any wrong doings and is 100% trustworthy and passionate about her job.

Mr J. Family 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

How Are Things Decided in a Divorce?

When making the arrangements for children during a divorce, it is important to be willing to negotiate and come to an agreement. If both parties agree a proposal, it is more likely to work than if one party is not happy.

It is best if you and your partner can come to a private arrangement regarding your children. This means the Courts do not become involved and your children are protected from unnecessary upset.

What If We Cannot Reach An Agreement About Our Children Ourselves?

If you cannot reach a private agreement yourselves, the first step is to speak to your solicitor. They may be able to suggest alternatives and to speak with your ex-partner’s solicitor and come to an agreement, again without involving the Courts directly.

If this proves impossible, the Court can become involved and will make the decision based on the evidence they receive. They will need details of the children such as their ages, their wishes and feelings, the ability of the parents to meet their needs and any other information they feel relevant. They may ask for a Welfare Report, which is a detailed Report looking at all of these aspects, which is drawn up by an expert who deals with these cases on a day to day basis. This will usually involve a visit to where the children are living and, if they are old enough, asking them questions on how they feel.

What Will The Court Decide?

The Court can decide both where the children live, and when and where the parents can have contact with their children. The Court’s initial view is for no Orders to be made unless necessary in the hope that the parents can agree all children issues.

What Happens To The Children If We Are Not Married?

For unmarried parents the mother will automatically have parental responsibility. The father will also automatically have parental responsibility if he is named on the child’s Birth Certificate. Otherwise the father will have to either enter into an agreement with the mother or apply to the Court to gain parental responsibility. There are a number of instances where the agreement of all those with parental responsibility is required, for example to change the name of a child or to take them out of the country.

Family Fixed Fee Appointments £100+VAT

Sometimes you just need somebody to point you in the right direction. Our Family Fixed Fee appointments allow you discuss your case and find out what your options are before you decide whether to take further action. An initial advice appointment with one of our family lawyers is a fixed fee of just £100+VAT.

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