Child Law

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Child Law

Relationship breakdown is never pleasant and even more troubling and complicated if children are involved. Custody cases require considered, sensitive handling to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for the children.

During a separation, the court’s paramount concern will be the welfare of the children and ensuring that the disruption and emotional stress is kept to a minimum to achieve a suitable agreement.

Parenting through a divorce or separation is not easy. First, there is the emotional upset and then there is the matter of sorting out child arrangements. When children are caught in the middle, you need prudent advisors who can quickly assess your options, provide workable solutions and arm you with the tools you need to secure the best outcome.

Of course, child law cases can also pertain to a whole host of other issues, particularly if the parties involved are living in different countries (in such cases, our dedicated international family law team is on hand to help). Some family-related lawsuits also require the help of fertility and surrogacy specialists, and we’re equally well placed to assist you with these types of issues.

Our child-centric approach never loses sight of the long-term interests of you and your children. Choosing Shakespeare Martineau as your family solicitors provides you with the best chance of securing the right outcome in the fastest possible time frame.

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

  • We are a Top 55 law firm with a well-established reputation for helping our clients to reach the right resolutions for them.
  • We pride ourselves on our personal touch, approaching child custody disagreements with consideration and sensitivity to achieve a suitable outcome for all parties.
  • We help parents to discuss and agree arrangements on important matters that concern your children, including where they will live, how much time they will spend with each parent and other issues related to their schooling, health or religious upbringing. We help everyone involved to reach prompt solutions and settle into a new routine.
  • Where possible, we resolve child custody disputes quickly and amicably to protect your ongoing role as parents. Securing mutual agreement can be the most effective way of preserving strained relationships, while keeping the best interests of your children at the heart of decision making.
  • When court litigation is unavoidable, we use our exemplary experience in child law to give you robust representation and advocacy throughout the case.

Resolving differences: in and out of court
Settling differences out of court can be quicker and more cost effective. We help you to use alternative channels such as mediation, collaborative law and negotiation to reach a swift conclusion and a mutually-agreeable solution. If court action is unavoidable, we have the skill, determination and know-how to steer you through court confrontations to reach the right long-term resolution.

Global families and complex child custody issues
Families increasingly have complex structures, in many cases involving webs of national and international connections. We’ve successfully made, and defended, court applications for permission to relocate children.

We’re also an experienced hand to help you through difficult issues like child abduction, grandparents’ ‘rights’ and financial claims made on behalf of children or against property you once shared with your ex-partner.

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Your journey through the legal process
We know that arrangements involving you and your children require a compassionate, yet no-nonsense approach. From the thousands of families we’ve helped to reach child agreements, there is very little we haven’t seen and already dealt with.

Not everyone is aware of how the process of engaging child lawyers works, so we’ve provided an overview below to give you some peace of mind:

  • Once you’ve submitted a contact form via the enquire now panel to the right of this page or by using the button below, you’ll be assigned to a member of our team.
  • A member of our team will call you within 24 hours to gain some further details and arrange a free 30-minute consultation on the phone to discuss the issues you’re facing.
  • Should you then decide that you wish to use our services, you’ll receive a breakdown of all our costs and a pack of on-boarding documents. We will work closely alongside you to ensure that whichever family issue you are facing we are here to support you and find you the right solution.
  • After that, a further one-hour meeting at a fixed fee cost to get to know you and your family needs with no additional charges if the call goes over an hour.

We’ll devote the time to understand your priorities; we’ll defend your corner and equip you with honest counsel on achieving your goals. Contact us today using the button below for a free confidential consultation.

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Frequently asked questions

We've put together a short list of commonly asked questions to help you understand more about how child arrangement orders work and other child law issues. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Contrary to popular belief, there is actually no such thing as ‘custody’ in the UK. Children law is governed by the Children Act 1989 and ‘custody’ is described as ‘child arrangements’ - which encompasses all of the arrangements for a child, i.e. who the child lives with and how often they spend time with the other parent.

The process of making child arrangements in the UK is entirely separate from the divorce process. Read more about making child arrangements during a divorce or separation.

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