Family Law

Child Law Solicitors

Establishing custody arrangements for your children is one of the most difficult, emotionally-charged parts of the divorce process. Our team of child law solicitors understand the emotional toll it can take on both you, your partner and your children, and will work tirelessly to resolve these issues quickly, effectively and efficiently. 

Call us today on 0161 446 1122 to speak to one of or family law solicitors today. 

Child Arrangement Orders

Formerly known as Child Contact and Residence Orders, Child Arrangement Orders dictate who your children live with and how much time they spend with the other parent. 

The section dictating who the child is to live with is known as the ‘residence’ section. Unless stated otherwise by the court, this section will last until the child reaches 18 years of age. The ‘contact’ section, which states visitation of the other parent, is binding until the child is 16 years of age. After this time, it is expected that the child will decide where to live and how much time they spend with their other parent. 

Whomever the child is set to live with in the Child Arrangement order will be automatically granted Parental Responsibility as long as the order is in place. In addition to this, the parent who has been granted contact but doesn’t have the child live with them may also be given Parental Responsibility by the courts, ensuring both parents have an equal say in how their children are raised. 

While the process of establishing a final Child Arrangement Order is in progress, an interim Order may also be made to ensure clarity in the short-term. 

Specific Issue Orders

Over the years, it is natural that both parents may have disagreements over the future of their child, with these commonly including: 

  • Which school the child should attend 

  • Whether or not the child should receive specific medical treatments 

  • How religion should be included in the child’s upbringing 

  • Whether one parent can take the child to live abroad. 

In these cases, the courts can issue Specific Issue Orders which make a ruling on the specifics of a child’s upbringing, based on what has been demonstrated to be in the child’s best interests. 

Taking your child to live abroad is a particularly complex matter as it makes regular visitation from the other parent almost impossible. Indeed, taking your child out of England or Wales without consent or a specific Court Order could be a criminal offence, making legal advice vital. 

Prohibited Steps Orders

Where Specific Issue Orders are made to require a parent to take an action, Prohibited Steps Orders are designed to stop a parent taking a specific action. Prohibited Steps Orders commonly include: 

  • Preventing the child associating with someone regarded as being a poor influence 

  • Preventing the child being permanently removed from the UK 

  • Preventing specific medical treatment being administered. 

Should parents be unable to agree on these issues, the parent who wishes to stop an action may apply for a Prohibited Steps Order where the court will make a final ruling. Should you be the parent wishing to take an action you are unable to agree upon, it is important for you to hold off until agreement has been reached by all parties 

Do I have to go to court?

Going to court is not a necessity during child custody discussions. Indeed, the courts will expect you to have attempted all alternative avenues and have been unable to come to an agreement before taking the disagreement to that level. 

Instead, the focus should be on coming to a fair arrangement between parents which considers their personal circumstances and the desires of the children. If you can do this, it will make the process of separation a much faster, easier process. 

How we can help

At Pabla+Pabla Solicitors, we focus on working with parents to help them come to an agreement both parties are happy with. Our team are mediation specialists who are able to provide you with the expert advice you need to smoothly finalise your child custody arrangements and always have the best interests of your children a the forefront of their mind. 

To discuss your situation with our team, call us on 0161 446 1122 or fill in the contact form below to request a call back. 

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