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Child Custody Lawyers
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 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.
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.
- You’ll then receive a free 20-minute consultation within 24 hours via Zoom or telephone 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.
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No matter where you are on your journey, submit your details below and we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation call back at a time to suit you.
Sonia Bachu is approachable and sensible but tough enough to fight the most difficult of casesClient, East Midlands
Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘heavy-hitting’ practice is reputed for its preparation of nuptial agreements and its knowledge of financial disputes stemming from relationship breakdowns
Legal 500, 2020
Helen Bowns acted for me throughout my recent separation and divorce and I could not recommend her more highly. Helen listened carefully to my priorities and was able to help me navigate a difficult and stressful process with enduring calmness and a reassuringly sharp legal mind. I felt safe and supported throughout and confident that even though in our case the sequence of events was not necessarily typical, the process was smooth and calmSarah C, West Midlands
Caroline Elliott adopts a pragmatic approach and is keen to avoid costly litigation where possibleClient, East Midlands
The lawyers are experts in complex financial remedy claims and well used to dealing with high net worth casesLegal 500, 2020
Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a well-established presence in the family law arena. It demonstrates strong capabilities in complex financial disputes arising from divorces, and also advises on nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreementsLegal 500, 2021
Engaging the services of Nikki Aston and her team to help guide me through my divorce is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The service Nikki provided was always very professional. Nikki always had a smile, at a time when I didn't, and she provided me with a personal service throughout the process. Somehow Nikki made a stressful time far better than I could have imagined. Nikki helped me achieve the outcome I was hoping for!Client, East Midlands
That is a really difficult question to answer because it doesn’t really exist in our culture. The answer really is – it is up to you. We don’t just say we work flexibly, we mean it.
Whilst our core hours are 9am – 5.30pm, what matters is you getting the work done that you need to do. If that means starting early and finishing early, that is generally fine (as long as it fits in with your team and your manager agrees).
Additionally, if you would rather take a big break in the middle of the day to go to the gym for instance, and work later, that is fine as well. At Shakespeare Martineau, we don’t believe that work should run your life, but that work should be able to fit around your life in the way that best suits you.
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