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Children and Family Law

When a relationship breaks down, both parties' primary concern will be the children.

It’s also our primary concern here at LGFL Ltd. We always adopt a child-centred approach to any dispute which involves children, including obtaining financial support for them. Our experience and expertise in Family Law can help you continue to co-parent your children in the future.

Our Directors, Anne Leiper and Rita Gupta, are experienced in dealing with complex child-related matters and will offer you practical advice focusing on the interests of the children.

A child-focused approach

We will always first try and resolve any dispute through negotiation and agreement. However, if it is necessary to issue proceedings, we will advise you of the range of orders available to you, the relevant costs and timescales. Most commonly these will include:

Child arrangements order (formally residence order and contact order, and custody and access orders)

The child arrangements order has replaced both the old residence order and the contact order.

  • One part of this court order determines where a child will live and can define shared care arrangements.
  • The second part defines what time the child will spend with the other parent.

Contact order

An order which specifies when an absent parent sees a child.

Parental responsibility order

An order for unmarried parents granting them involvement in the major decisions in a child’s life, such as education and health.

Specific issue order

An order determining a specific issue in dispute relating to a child such as choice of schooling.

Prohibited steps order

An order preventing a party from taking a certain action relating to a child, such as removal from the jurisdiction.

We can also advise you on other child-related issues including:

  • Adoption proceedings
  • Obtaining Special Guardianship
  • Step-parent Parental Responsibility
  • Child abduction both national and international

Child support agreements

We can advise you on the legal aspects of arranging your own child maintenance agreement as opposed to going through the statutory child maintenance services, the Child Support Agency and the Child Maintenance Service. We can also give you advice on child maintenance issues for receiving parents or children who live outside the UK.

Future child-related legislation

Future proposals for changes involve an emphasis on shared parenting and child contact arrangements, which are the practical implications of how a child is cared for, as opposed to any specific label.

Call us at LGFL Ltd for clear and current advice on any aspect of child law, parenting arrangements and custody issues.

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