We appreciate that relationship breakdowns can be distressing times for both you and your children. Ideally through advice and negotiation it may be possible to achieve an outcome which children, you and your former partner feel comfortable with without the need for Court proceedings.

Application Assistance

If Court proceedings are necessary there are a number of applications we could assist you with which may include one or more of the following:
  1. A Child Arrangements Order regulating arrangements relating to with whom and when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person.
  2. A Prohibited Steps Order preventing a parent doing something he would normally be responsible for without the consent of the Court.
  3. A Specific Issue Order in respect of any aspect of parental responsibility child for a child for example, arrangements for his education.
It may also be possible for wider family members with the leave of the Court to apply for one or more of the above orders and in some circumstances to apply for Special Guardianship Orders and for Adoption Orders.

Tailored Advice

Save in limited circumstances legal aid is not available for private law matters. We would suggest that the best way forward would be to make an initial diagnostic appointment for which we charge 50 plus VAT of 10. In this interview we will obtain details of your case, will provide initial advice tailored to the specific circumstances of your case and as far as possible provide an estimate of future costs and also advice how these can be kept to a minimum if you have a tight budget. We would then provide an estimate our charges and also suggest how these can be kept to a minimum. The level of costs will be dependent upon the complexity of your case and also the amount of work that you would require us to undertake. We find that some clients feel comfortable to undertake some of the work themselves such as preparing some of their own documents with advice or whilst others would want us to draft all the paperwork but would feel confident to attend initial hearings on their own with the solicitor available at the end of a telephone. Others naturally would prefer a full service where we would provide full representation and deal with all aspects of their case.
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