Children - Your Legal Rights

If you have children, their future and security will be a high priority with the Court.

Generally speaking, if parents can agree about the arrangements for the children following separation then there is no need to have a Court Order to reflect those arrangements.

However if you are unable to reach agreement, there are a variety of Orders that can be made under the Children Act 1989.  The Court usually takes the view that it is the child’s right to have contact with both their parents and to a lesser extent, other relatives.  It is not automatically the right of the parents to decide whether or not contact should take place and on what basis.  There are a variety of Orders which can be made, including staying contact, visiting contact, supervised contact or indirect contact (which is contact only via telephone calls, letters, cards and presents) known as Child Arrangement Orders.  Occasionally, in very difficult cases, it might be appropriate to consider beginning contact at a Contact Centre.

Our team of specialist solicitors can help you with children matters relating to:

  • Divorce
  • Step-children
  • Grandparents
  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Prohibited Steps
  • Specific Issues Orders
  • The Welfare Checklist
  • Children & Maintenance
  • Mediation

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