Children

Important decisions regarding children – their living arrangements, schooling, with whom they should spend time with and for how long for can be incredibly difficult to make, especially in the midst of an acrimonious divorce/separation.

Signature Law LLP advise our clients on the options available to them as parents, and helps clients to resolve any contested issues raised in relation to children.

Signature Law LLP has the practical insight and expertise of orders under the Children Act 1989 as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014 and specialises in difficult and intractable cases concerning children issues arising on divorce or separation such as Specific Issue Orders, Prohibited Step Orders, Parental Responsibility Orders, internal and external relocation applications, Child Arrangement Orders (formerly known as Residence and Contact orders) and Child Abduction Matters.

Signature Law LLP also assist clients with contact issues that may arise months or years after a divorce has been finalised. These include cases where one parent wishes to move with the child to another part of the UK, or to another country.

If you and your ex-partner cannot agree about financial or other arrangements that affect your children, either of you can apply to the court to decide any issue about the children’s care and well-being. For example, you may disagree about which school your child should go to, or whether your child should have a particular course of medical treatment.

In cases involving children, court action should be used as a last resort and the welfare of the children will remain the primary consideration.

We offer confidential and independent advice, and if the local authority or police become involved, we can act for you or your children.

Signature Law LLP can offer advice and representation in all areas of Children Law including:

  • Parental Responsibility
  • Child Arrangement Orders – living with and spending time with
  • Special Guardianships Orders
  • Legal Rights for Grandparents
  • Prohibited Steps Orders, including removal from the jurisdiction and injunctive relief.
  • Specific issue orders, including contested medical treatment and prevention of a change of name
  • Care Orders and Emergency Protection Orders, including emergency hearings
  • Supervision Orders
  • Secure Accommodation Orders
  • Child Protection Investigation
  • Adoption
  • Child abduction