Children Law

Children law
Legally reviewed by: Shakeela Bi

Doing right by children following a relationship breakdown or a family crisis can be daunting. Our specialist Children Law Solicitors help any family member, whether you are a parent, grandparent, guardian, another family relative or friend, when dealing with the future of a minor. We’re dedicated to getting the right result for you and your family.

Cartwright King’s specialist Children’s Law teams will work with you to do what’s best for children caught up in a divorce or family crisis that affects their care, doing everything we can to ensure the right outcome. The heart of our Children’s Law team is to ensure that you and the children are treated fairly.

The Sensitive Support You Need

Cartwright King specialises in Child Care and Family Law, providing sensitive, non-judgemental legal support when you need it most. 

Our Family Law team can assist you with Child Arrangement Orders, while our Child Care team can help with care proceedings, Placement Orders for adoption, Special Guardianship Orders and child abduction cases.

Whatever the circumstances, we can provide the right legal advice and support throughout your case, taking the time to hear your worries, advise you on your legal options and look out for the best interests of you and your family.

How our Children’s Law Solicitors Will Help

  • Residence orders
    These are legally binding orders between you and your former partner to help you finalise the agreements on where your children will live.
  • Contact Orders
    These are legally binding orders which will set out how much contact you and your former partner will have with your children and how each parent will spend time with the children.  This can include school holidays, occasions, Christmas etc.
  • Prohibited steps orders
    These are legally binding orders that will prevent either of you from taking particular action with your children, such as taking them abroad.
  • Specific issue orders
    Specific issue orders will help you to resolve a specific dispute, such as which school your children should attend.
  • Parental responsibility agreements
    These agreements protect your legal rights to be involved in important decisions about your children’s health, education and welfare.
  • Agreements on change of name
    Agreements you can set out with your former partner when either of you wants to change your child’s name.
  • Agreements on international or national relocation
    Agreements help you settle disputes about moving children abroad or to another area of the country with the other parent.
  • Child Custody (Child Arrangement Orders)
    A Child Arrangement Order is an agreement that dictates where a child lives and whom a child can have contact with. 
  • Child Care Proceedings
    Care Proceedings are court proceedings issued by the children’s services department of the Local Authority where an application is made for a Care Order or Supervision Order in respect of a child.
  • Child Abduction
    If your child is in the UK, we can petition the courts on your behalf to have the child returned to your care. 
  • Placement Orders
    Placement orders allow the child to be placed with a suitable family following care proceedings.
  • Special Guardianship Order
    You can apply to be a child’s special guardian when the child cannot live with their birth parents and adoption is not right for them.

Our priority is to diffuse disputes and minimise the stress on you and the children by bringing a cool, calm, collected approach to matters.

You can expect a determined, but respectful and cooperative approach toward your case. Our Child Care and Family Law solicitors have been supporting families for years, giving you added peace of mind that we are the right law firm to represent you.

No Case too Complex

No case involving children is too complex for our experienced Children’s Law solicitors. Whatever the issue, you can count on us to be present and available when you need us most! 

If you need immediate legal assistance to prevent children from  going into care, we’ll be there. If your relationship has broken down, we can support you making arrangements for your children, or if you want to make or oppose a Special Guardianship Order, we will give you sensible, straightforward legal advice.

With a network of experienced Child Care and Family Law solicitors working across the UK, no matter where you are, we provide the legal firepower you need to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of you and your children are protected.

It All Starts with a No Obligation Chat

Call us today to discuss your case in further detail, and a member of our friendly team will put you through to one of our specialists.

There really is no substitute for talking to a specialist Children’s or Family Law solicitor when it comes to legal matters involving children. Take the time to get to know us and get a sense of the Cartwright King culture and ethos. We want you to be completely at ease in choosing us to represent you and your children.

Why Choose Cartwright King?

Cases involving children require a careful and considered approach to achieve the best outcome. Cartwright King takes a calm, collected approach to private children matters and as accredited Children’s Law specialists with The Law Society, we give you added peace of mind that we’re the right law firm to represent you.

Legal Fees

Your legal fees will depend on the case itself, including the length of time your case takes and how complicated it is.

We can discuss affordable private paying fee arrangements. Fixed fees are also available.

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