If you and your partner find it difficult to agree on issues related to your children, you may wish to involve the court. If necessary, you can ask a court to decide where your child should live or how much time they spend with their other parent by seeking what is now called a Child Arrangement Order.
The courts can also help to determine a specific issue, such as where your child should attend school and what their surname should be, or it can prohibit a parent from taking a particular step, such as removing your child to another country.
Court proceedings of this sort generally involve a child’s parents but may also involve a grandparent or the child themselves.
In all cases, if you and your partner decide your relationship is over and require the court’s intervention, its primary consideration will be the welfare of your children and any orders made will be for the best interest of the child.
Sometimes the local authority (Social Services) may become involved if there are concerns that a child is, or may become, at risk, under child protection laws.
We can provide the legal advice and support you need to find the right solutions and protect your child’s long-term interests. Our child custody lawyers can offer advice on:
Our child law solicitors are experienced in representing children, parents or grandparents.