Child Arrangements

We understand that it is often prepared that decisions made regarding children are best made between parents. However, difficulties may arise when important decisions to made, especially in the middle of an divorce or relationship and that is when you have to seek advice from child custody lawyers London.

As child custody solicitors London, we seek to advise our clients on the best options available to them as parents, by helping them to resolve any contested issues in the interests of their children.. This may include cases where one parent wishes to move with the child to another part of the UK, or abroad to another country.

Our child law solicitors can advise you on the different ways that disputes concerning children can be solved, preferably from agreements reached by attending mediation.

If it is not possible to resolved your children matters without Court proceedings, we can assist you make or defend an application in the courts.  The courts have power to make the following orders regarding children:

  • Residence or A Shared Residence Order – this settles where the children should live.
  • Contact Order – an Order which allows the children to have contact with the non resident parent.
  • Parental Responsibility Order – this gives a non married father or guardian legal rights and responsibilities to make parental decisions in respect of their children.
  • Prohibited Steps Order – this is where one parent objects to the decisions the other is making in relation to their child. This can include an order to prevent the child from leaving the country.
  • Specific Issue Order – this is where parents are disagree on a particular aspect of their children’s upbringing i.e. which school the children should go to.

In the event urgent and immediate steps are required to safeguard the well being and welfare of your children, the child law solicitors at Pindoria Solicitors are able to act with urgency and necessary speed to help you obtain an emergency Court Order.

No one can remove the child from the UK (for more than one month) where there is a Child Arrangements Order unless written consent is obtained of every person who has parental responsibility or allowed by the court.

If there is no Child Arrangement Order in place, either parent can, take the child abroad without any restriction or need for prior consent.   However, this could be prevented by the other parent obtaining from the court either a Prohibited Steps Order or Specific Issue Order forbidding the child be taken abroad.

If the parents cannot reach agreement on their child or children matters then involving the court should be used as last resort.

Please contact our divorce Solicitor London to know more about the services and get the right advice and arrangements regarding child custody.

FAQ

  1. What is joint custody?

    Joint custody refers to terminology when a couple who have children decide to split their marriage. What does custody mean in legal terms is that both parents have to share the responsibility for their child following the legal guidelines issued by the court.

    In the event of a divorce, the custody lawyers appeal before the court to their client’s demands. Based on the appeal and facts provided to the court, it passes the judgement order for the child’s physical or legal custody.

  2. Who wins custody battles more?

    There is no right answer to who wins custody battles more. Custody battles are dependent on various factors, and depending on the situation of your case, the judgement by the court is provided.

    However, many reports suggest that, on average, fathers tend to get more custody of children than mothers. Family court lawyers can help you with such cases and guide what the right step for you is.

  3. How much does a custody battle cost?

    The entire cost for the custody battle depends typically on two factors: court costs and the fees of custody lawyers. The court fees are the same for all, and the lawyer fees depend on how difficult the case is for you and the likely outcome you expect.

    If the case is straightforward, the charges would be minimal. A more complicated case involves higher lawyer fees.

  4. What is shared custody?

    Shared custody refers to the custody of the child given by the court to both the parents after their separation. A shared custody agreement is created in such an event which lists all the guidelines and conditions involved in the shared parenting.

    It is a great way to ensure that the children get equal attention from both parents. Besides, the parents get to spend and involve themself in the life of their children.

  5. What does a parental responsibility order mean?

    A parental responsibility order is a legal order statement provided by the court that focuses on parents’ duty towards their children. The major aspects of parental responsibility agreement include:

    • Determining the child’s education.
    • Registering a child’s name.
    • Accessing information of a child’s medical records.
    • Representing the child in legal proceedings.
    • Appoint a guardian for children in case the parents die.

  6. How will a judge decide who gets custody?

    The family court lawyers present their client’s case based on the evidence on why his client is opting to get or not get custody of the child. The judge studies all the given facts by the custody lawyer and then makes a judgment based on the child’s best interests.

    He may consider the given things while making the judgement:

    • Will the children have a safe place to live?
    • Will the child be supervised and have enough emotional support?
    • Will the child be well-fed and clothed?
    • Which parent is better equipped to take care of the child.

  7. Why would a parent lose custody?

    A custody lawyer usually represents the custody case before a court. A parent may lose custody of the child in case of the following:

    • The child prefers one parent over another.
    • One of the parents is medically ill.
    • The relationship between children and parents is toxic.
    • If the parent is involved in domestic violence.
    • If the parent stays under the influence of drugs or alcohol