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Child Law: Child Custody Solicitors and Child Arrangement Orders

We at Lanyon Bowdler understand how important your children are and how upsetting it can be when matters relating to your children cannot be resolved by agreement.

Our team offers specialist advice on all areas of children law matters. We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable whilst giving you first-class advice and professional service during what can be a stressful time.

Our lawyers are all members of Resolution - a national organisation of family lawyers - and are committed to the Resolution Code of Practice, which means we will endeavour to resolve matters with as little confrontation as possible, supporting families to put the best interests of the children first.

The team also includes members of the Law Society Family Panel and accredited specialists with Resolution, so you can be assured our solicitors are experienced in all aspects of English and Welsh law governing private children matters.

For a friendly chat about how we can help, give the team a call or fill in the online enquiry form.

Areas of Expertise

In particular we can advise on the following:

Parental responsibility

What actually is parental responsibility and how do you acquire it? What are parental responsibility agreements, step-parent parental responsibility agreements and parental responsibility orders?

Child arrangements

Our specialists can help families resolve with whom the child shall live or spend time using mediation techniques, solicitors’ correspondence, collaborative law and, if necessary, court proceedings.

We can then advise on what the court procedure will involve and how the court will apply the non-intervention principle (i.e. the presumption of the court not to intervene unless in the best interests of the child) and welfare checklist (the seven criteria the court uses to ascertain what decision is best for the child) when considering whether to make an order and what type of order they will likely make.

We will advise on the type of safeguarding issues the court will take into account; how these can be investigated or evidenced and how this may or may not impact upon the final order made. We are also experienced at the preparation of court bundles, witness statements and representation at hearings, and will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.

Prohibited steps and specific issue orders

These are orders dealing with issues regarding an aspect of the exercise of parental responsibility. For example, an order regarding:

  • Educational issues, such as an order specifying where the child shall go to school
  • Internal and external relocation cases, including whether the child can be removed from English and Welsh jurisdiction
  • Routine and non-life threatening medical treatment for the child
  • Securing the return of a child

Child maintenance

Our team of specialists will explain how child maintenance is calculated; whether an agreement can be drawn up without Child Maintenance Service (CMS) involvement or if a formal claim needs to be made and how this may impact upon the level of maintenance paid or received.

Paternity disputes

We can advise how paternity disputes can be resolved with or without court proceedings.

Costs

At Lanyon Bowdler solicitors we have a no-surprise approach to costs. We offer fixed fees and pay as you go arrangements, in addition to the traditional hourly charging rate approach, so you can tailor your costs to suit your personal circumstances.

Contact the Child Law Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler

Please give us a call for a friendly, confidential, chat about how we can help support you when you or your family need legal advice and representation. Please contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form on the righthand side of this page. 

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for Child Law legal advice, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on hand no matter what the situation. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely and considerately with you to help find the best outcomes. Our Family Law Solicitors team has great experience in all areas of family law and family mediation. 

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading UK full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in the UK.

 

Testimonials

Very polite, easy to talk to and were always there when I needed answers.

- Mr M Wood, Hereford

Listened well, advised well.

- Gower House Ltd, Newport

I always felt you were working in my best interests, but you didn't sugar coat or patronise me. My case was complex and I appreciated the professionalism shown and how the legal system "worked"

- Mrs J Bradford, Stafford

Using Lanyon Bowdler twice for two separate issues being completely different. Both were dealt with complete efficient manner, my questions were always answered with honesty and explaination.

- Mr G Martin & Mrs L Rees, Bromsgrove

Kept me up to date in any process made.

- Mr P Haigh, Suffolk

Quotes

Ed clearly pays attention to detail and most importantly was diligent in ensuring my interests were best catered for. 

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

Being able to speak to someone when I needed to and how easy they made things for me.

- Mr J Longmore, Ludlow

Efficient and effective service; good knowledge and understanding of procedures; good organisation; courtesy.

- Mrs S Pilkington, Nottinghamshire

The welcome at reception and the relaxed atmosphere when discussing things with the person handling the sale of my property.

- Mr W Ward, Oswestry

I am extremely grateful to Stephen in the way in which he handled my case and represented me at court.

- A A, Shrewsbury

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