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Legal issues involving and affecting children are wide-ranging, however, what they all have in common is the central importance of the child’s best interests.
No matter how complex the situation, the family law team at Hanson Woods Solicitors take care to preserve your child’s wellbeing whilst helping you to reach a resolution.
The advice of a specialist solicitor can prove invaluable in many situations where a child’s legal rights or interests are relevant, such as:
● adoption and surrogacy● child arrangements orders (custody agreements)● domestic violence and child abuse● care proceedings involving social services● grandparents’ rights● parental responsibility orders● child relocation
Our approachable and supportive team recognise that any legal situation affecting your child will likely be emotionally challenging. We are here to assist in any way we can and will strive to reach a positive resolution for you and your family promptly.
Our thoughtful family law team put children’s welfare at the heart of everything they do
Every family situation is different, as is every child. At Hanson Woods Solicitors, we make getting to know you and your circumstances our priority so we can give you the best advice possible. Whatever area of children’s law you need help with, we act with insight and empathy to ensure the optimal outcome for you and your child.
If you separate from or divorce your partner, you may find it hard to make decisions about child arrangements, especially who your child should live with. It is important to keep their best interests in mind. It can help to ask yourselves which of you has the most time available for childcare and whose home is closest to your child’s school, friends and other family members.
Child Arrangements Orders
If you and your partner cannot reach an agreement, even through mediation or lawyer-led negotiation, you can apply to court to settle arrangements for you. The court will decide who will be the primary carer for your child and how much access the secondary carer will have.
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What can I do if my partner refuses to pay maintenance?