Family breakdowns involving children are especially sensitive. For a positive and amicable outcome, you need committed and capable legal representation to ensure the best interests of your children.
Aristone Solicitors is proud to offer the all-round legal support you need to effectively resolve your child legal matter. Our experienced child and family lawyer assigned to your case will build a comprehensive understanding of your requirements, your preferred approach and your priorities. We invest tirelessly in every child law case to ensure a rapid and amicable outcome with the minimum possible disruption.
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Our outstanding family associate, Kuljit Lally, has been working with clients on challenging child cases for more than 20 years. Her experience includes a significant period of employment with Adams Moore, a respected family law firm where she worked as Supervising Solicitor. Along with providing services as an elite legal specialist, Kuljit Lally also contributes strongly to a variety of good causes across the locality. Her work with women’s centres and women’s refuges have earned her particular claim from the local community.
We understand the unique sensitivity and daunting nature of child law and family cases. That’s why Aristone Solicitors is strongly committed to outreach work, helping raise awareness of matters such as domestic abuse and encouraging those affected to speak out. We also conduct 12 free training events each year for the benefit of local government and voluntary agencies as part of our outreach programme.
We take pride in offering an open and welcoming policy, taking all child law cases personally as if they were our own.
What are my rights to see children?
In the eyes of the courts, it is never about the rights of the parent, but instead the rights of the child – i.e. what’s best for your children. Family Law in the UK allocates formal parental responsibility to the mother of the child, though there are instances where the father may obtain parental responsibility if the father is named on the birth certificate.
Separating couples are generally advised to enter into a formal agreement for parental responsibility and visitation rights, without court intervention. Mediation and arbitration may be necessary, but it is usually possible to formalise an agreement without bringing the matter before the courts.
Your rights to see your children will be determined by the courts on the basis of multiple factors – children being paramount – after which the decision of the court will be final and legally binding. Hence, it is better to come to a mutually-amicable agreement with your partner, if possible.
What can I do if my ex-partner is difficult about me seeing our child?
If you are unfairly being denied access to your child after a separation, you are entitled to make an application for a Child Arrangement Order. This involves bringing the matter before the courts, in order to formalise your access rights and enable you to see your child. As always, the decision of the court will be final and legally binding, so it is advisable to first attempt to reach an acceptable agreement with your ex-partner.
The level of contact you are entitled to (and maybe allocated) will be assessed in accordance with your individual circumstances, those of the other parent and the best interests of the child. It is extremely rare for a court to rule that one parent has no legal right to see their child, though it is equally rare for both parents to be satisfied with the final ruling laid out by the courts.
Consider independent mediation and arbitration as a more practical, agreeable and affordable alternative.
For more information on any of the above or to discuss the financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis in more detail, book your obligation-free consultation with a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today.
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