The arrangements for the care and upbringing of children are usually at the top of the priority list when parents separate. At Pepperells we know this is a highly sensitive matter and that to get it right straight away is the best possible outcome for you and your children.
Lots of people hold the mistaken view that on separation, one parent will ‘win custody’ and the other ‘granted access’ to see their children. In reality this is outdated terminology that fosters conflict and hostility between parents. Nowadays, the law recognises that children can experience emotional harm in such situations and parents are encouraged to resolve conflict as amicably as possible.
We can offer advice and assistance in both the early and latter stages of reaching an agreement with your ex-partner. All of our lawyers are experts in the range of practical and legal options available to help resolve disputes and can help you find a solution that works for you. Every case and every child is different and we will listen sensitively to the issues that matter to you and help place your child’s welfare at the centre of the arrangements.
As a member of Resolution, with specialist accredited staff, we are committed to helping find constructive solutions and promoting a non-confrontational approach to Family Law.
No one wants to be stuck in long-running and heated Court proceedings, but, where they are necessary, our experienced advocates will guide you through the process and represent you at Court to ensure that the best interests of your children are met. Our team of specialist lawyers, including solicitor advocates and barristers, can assist in obtaining a range of private Family Court orders, including but not limited to:-
- Child Arrangements Orders (previously known as Residence and Contact)
- Specific Issue Orders
- Prohibited Steps Orders
- Parental Responsibility Order
Of course, in some circumstances you might find that your child requires urgent protection from a risk of harm posed by another person and we can also act urgently where there are issues such as:-
- Child protection or risk of harm
- Child abduction
- Social services involvement
- Removal from the jurisdiction
- Threatening behaviour
Whatever your circumstances, contact us to discuss your options and obtain expert legal advice. Legal Aid is still available in many cases and we can offer a free appointment to consider your eligibility.