Children's Law Solicitors

Our highly experienced children’s law solicitors understand that although certain times are tough, it is important that the needs of any children involved are put first.

Our team of experts at Shakespeare Martineau are here to help


Our team of children’s law solicitors is experienced in all aspects of children’s law and family law and the wide range of issues that modern families can face. No two situations are the same and we understand the sensitivities and care often needed to help you navigate delicate and complex situations.  We deliver bespoke legal advice absolutely tailored to your family’s needs, so you can move forward as you would wish.

Our experts pride themselves on approaching each case with empathy, understanding, and minimal stress to you throughout the process. To find out how we can help you click below.

Wherever you are on your journey, our legal advisors can help. Call us today on 0330 024 0333 or use the button below to complete our contact form.

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How Our Children's Law Experts Can Help

Child Custody

Arrangements involving you and your children require a compassionate approach – our team can be beside you throughout.

Fertility and Surrogacy

This route to parenthood must be handled with care and can often seem daunting and a lonely experience. Whether at the stage of considering or further down the line we can advise and guide.

Family Immigration Services

Here to help you navigate the UK’s immigration system, advising on all available visa routes options open to individuals and their families.

Child Maintenance

Our team is help to help you negotiate the best outcome with regards to child maintenance payments for the ongoing care of children.

LGBTQ+ Families

Our experienced team can provide advice on a variety of matters which impact the LGBTQ+ community – including children, financial issues, wills, trusts and estate planning.

Wills, Trusts & Estates

Our wills, trusts and estates solicitors can guide you expertly through all aspects of managing and securing your wealth offering bespoke advice to your unique set of circumstances

Why Choose Us?

Our children’s law solicitors are experts in their field, with an indepth appreciation and first hand experience of the issues affecting children and their families.
Our team has a strong success record across all aspects of the law concerning children – and we regularly work with parents, grandparents and other family members to secure the best outcome for children and their futures.
We keep children front and centre of all negotiations, treating all issues sensitively, reaching resolutions quickly where we can to keep distress and tensions to a minimum.

Children's Law Frequently Asked Questions

The Children Act 1989 provides the legislative framework for child protection in England, including the paramount nature of the child’s welfare and the expectations and requirements around duties of care to children.

However, this is strengthened by the Children Act 2004 (which encourages partnerships between agencies and creates more accountability) by placing a duty on local authorities to appoint children’s services members who are ultimately accountable for the delivery of services, and to co-operate in safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and young people.

If you’re considering moving away from the UK with your children, are a foreign national living in the UK with children, or you have children with a foreign national, there may be certain restrictions under international law that can prevent you from doing so. As no two situations are the same (and different jurisdictions may have different laws), we strongly recommend you speak to a child law solicitor before making any decisions.

Whether you’re dealing with child custody arrangements or child maintenance, need advice with fertility and surrogacy issues, or have queries regarding international law, it’s always best to speak to a specialist child law solicitor in the first instance.

They understand the sensitivities and care often needed to help navigate those delicate and complex situations, while ensuring that the needs of any children involved are put first.

  • A ‘lives with” order (formerly known as a ‘residence order’) sets out which parent a child is to live with.
  • A ‘spends time with’ order (formerly known as a ‘contact order’) details how much time a child spends with a parent
  • A prohibited steps order can prevent a parent from doing a certain act in relation to a child, i.e. taking them abroad.
  • A specific issues order can set out that a certain action should take place in relation to a child, i.e. they should be permitted to have the Covid vaccine.

How The Children's Law Process Works

Not everyone is aware of how the process of engaging Children's Law solicitors works, so we’ve provided an overview below to give you some peace of mind
  1. The first stage is to get in touch with us using the button below – you will then be assigned to one of our Children's Law specialists. Alternatively, you can reach us on 0330 024 0333.

  2. You’ll then receive a free 15-minute consultation within 24 hours via Zoom or telephone to discuss the issues you’re facing.

  3. You are then provided with a transparent breakdown of our costs and, if you would like to proceed, we send you a pack of onboarding documents

  4. Following this, we will guide and support you through the process of achieving a resolution that works for you and your family.

Wherever you are on your journey, our Children's Law specialists are here to answer any questions you might have

If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, please fill out the enquiry form. We will aim to reply to your query within 2 hours

Need to talk to someone sooner? You can call use at the number below

Call Us: 0330 024 0333

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