Children Matters

It is of course better for parents to agree on child arrangements outside of court wherever possible and this can be done most effectively by consulting legal experts such as ourselves. Mediation and negotiation are of course an option to consider here and should be considered before any applications to the court can be made. We are aware, however, that for some families medication is not an option and that medication is not always successful despite the efforts of the parties. Therefore, legal advice and representation is very beneficial here when making applications for orders to the Family court.

Applications may include:

  • Child arrangements order – This order would be made to decide the residence of your child and where they will spend time. Residence is commonly referred to by people as custody.
  • Prohibited steps order – this type of order prevents someone from doing something. For example, your ex-partner might be prevented from moving abroad.
  • Specific issue order – this kind of order means that a party has to do something, which may include but is not limited to adding a parent’s name onto a child’s birth certificate.

Coupe Bradbury is home to experts in children matters, namely our highly skilled solicitor Emma Panchal who has vast experience in working in children’s law. Our family department is here to advise clients on the options available to them as parents and aims to assist families in reaching conclusions on child living arrangements, and more specific issues which are subjective to each family.

We understand that seeking legal advice on these matters may feel somewhat intimidating and there is often fear that it can lead to tensions and court proceedings which will negatively affect your children. It is our honest belief, however, that being informed on the law and having support to facilitate co-operation between parents will inevitably result in a positive impact and the willingness to put the children’s needs first is an invaluable attitude that will significantly limit the risk of emotional harm to them as a result of the separation.

We are able to provide specific advice where there have been allegations of domestic abuse and violence, which must be handled with particular care for the safety and well being of all parties. In these situations, we will work closely with external agencies, such as social services, CAFCASS and the police and with their cooperation we can ensure that the welfare of the children remains paramount to the proceedings.

No matter what your personal situation is, whether your separation is amicable or volatile, we can provide you with the tools and guidance to ensure the best possible outcome for the future of your family.

Please contact our office with any enquiries or to make an appointment with one of our family solicitors.

Simon Coupe
Simon Coupe Tel: +44 1772 683000
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