Child Arrangement Solicitors, Ascot

At WLS Solicitors, our team of experts have a wealth of experience in handling all matters relating to children resulting from the breakdown of a marriage or relationship.

Services Offered By Our Family Solicitor in Ascot

List of services we offer:

  • Child arrangement orders
  • Court orders
  • Parenting Plans
  • Change of name deeds
  • Child support and maintenance¬†
  • Domestic violence and protective orders

Child Custody Law in the UK

Child custody law in the United Kingdom is governed by various statutes and legal principles, with the primary focus on the best interests of the child.

Here are some key points related to child custody law in the UK:

  • Legal Terminology: In the UK, the term “custody” is not commonly used in legal contexts. Instead, the concept is referred to as “child arrangements.” This encompasses both where the child will live (formerly called “residence” or “custody”) and the time they will spend with each parent (formerly called “contact” or “access”).
  • The Welfare Principle: The primary guiding principle in determining child arrangements is the welfare of the child. The Children Act 1989 established this principle, and it remains central to all decisions involving children. Courts consider the child’s best interests as the paramount concern.
  • Parental Responsibility: In the UK, parental responsibility is a legal concept that refers to the rights, duties, powers, and responsibilities that parents have in relation to their child. Both parents automatically have parental responsibility for their child if they are married to each other at the time of the child’s birth or if they jointly register the birth. Unmarried fathers can also acquire parental responsibility through various means, such as being named on the child’s birth certificate or obtaining a court order.
  • Types of Orders: When parents are unable to agree on child arrangements, they may seek a court order to determine the arrangements. Common types of orders include Child Arrangements Orders (which specify with whom the child will live and spend time) and Specific Issue Orders or Prohibited Steps Orders (which address specific issues like education or travel).
  • Mediation: Before applying to the court for a child arrangements order, parents are usually required to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) to explore alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, which can help parents reach an agreement without going to court.
  • The Court Process: If mediation is unsuccessful, the court will consider the child’s welfare when making a decision. Factors considered may include the child’s age, their wishes and feelings (if they are old enough to express them), the child’s physical, emotional, and educational needs, and any potential harm that may come to the child.
  • Changing Arrangements: Child arrangements can be changed if circumstances warrant it, but any changes should still be in the best interests of the child. Parents are encouraged to communicate and, if necessary, seek legal advice if they believe changes are needed.
  • Grandparents’ Rights: Grandparents do not automatically have legal rights to see their grandchildren, but they can apply for permission from the court if they are being denied contact with their grandchildren.

How Our Family and Child Law Solicitors in Ascot Can Help?

  • Divorce and Separation: WLS solicitors can guide individuals through the divorce or separation process, helping them understand their rights and responsibilities. They can provide legal advice on filing for divorce, property division, financial settlements, and issues related to spousal maintenance.
  • Child Custody and Arrangements: If there are disputes over child custody or visitation, WLS solicitors can represent clients to ensure the best interests of the child are upheld. We can assist in negotiating child arrangements, parenting plans, and visitation schedules. In cases where an agreement cannot be reached, they can provide representation in court.
  • Child Support and Maintenance: WLS solicitors can help calculate child support payments in accordance with legal guidelines and ensure that they are fair and appropriate. We can also assist in negotiating child maintenance agreements or represent clients in court for child support-related matters.
  • Domestic Violence and Protective Orders: In cases of domestic violence or abuse, WLS solicitors can help victims seek protective orders or injunctions to ensure their safety and the safety of their children. We can provide guidance on accessing support services and legal remedies.
  • Legal Representation in Court: When negotiations or mediation do not lead to resolution, WLS solicitors can represent in court with the assistance of a barrister that we can arrange.
  • Legal Advice and Support: WLS solicitors provide legal advice tailored to each client’s unique situation. We offer guidance on the legal implications of various decisions and help clients make informed choices.

Contact us if you wish to speak to our expert Solicitors by calling 01684 216777 or emailing us at info@wlssolicitors.co.uk

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