Child Law Solicitors Sheffield, Leeds & York
Our Yorkshire-based family law solicitors have handled many cases involving children. We understand how difficult and emotional these situations can become, which is why our aim is to cause as little disruption to a child’s life as possible.
It is important that disputes involving children are resolved quickly and with the best interests of the child in mind.
Our team of Family Law Solicitors regularly provide advice and represent clients on a wide range of children matters following divorce or separation including:
- Child arrangements (contact, residence, custody and access)
- Parental Responsibility
- Grandparents’ rights
- Stepparents’ rights.
- Child abduction
- International Relocation
- Care proceedings.
Where appropriate we can advise and support you in reaching an agreement without having to go to court. Read here for more information on reaching an agreement out of court
Sometimes it is not possible to reach an agreement outside of court or emergency action is needed and an application to court is necessary. Our team of family solicitors boast a number of experienced advocates who can advise and represent you throughout court proceedings involving children. We can also represent children when they have been ordered by the court to become a party to the proceedings.
How Will the Courts Decide What Orders to Make?
The court will, where appropriate, encourage parents to come to an agreement about issues such as where the child live and the arrangements for them spending time with the other parent. However, when the parents or other family members cannot agree the court will consider the best interests of the child. The words used in the relevant legislation, the Children Act 1989, is that the welfare of the child is the Court’s paramount consideration.
As part of their decision making the court will consider the ‘welfare checklist’ when making decisions about children to promote their welfare at all times. The checklist includes the followings factors:
- The wishes and feelings of the child (in light of their age and understanding);
- The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs;
- The effect on the child of any change in circumstances;
- The child’s age, sex, background and any characteristics the court considers relevant;
- Any harm the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering;
- The capability of the child’s parents or other relevant parties to meet the child’s needs; and
- The range of powers available to the court under the Children Act 1989.
If you require help with any child-related issues please contact our children law specialists today.
Lupton Fawcett’s Family team, in particular Richard Buckley, have consistently provided a service that was not only strong, balanced and responsive but also never lost sight of the deeply personal and emotional nature of my case.
Talk to our Child Law Experts
Lupton Fawcett’s experienced team of Family Law Solicitors can help you to find a solution to whatever challenges face your family or relationships over your arrangements for your children. We are on hand to guide you throughout what can be a difficult and emotional time.
Lupton Fawcett’s teams are leading family law specialists in Yorkshire and are available to see at any of our offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York.
We have spent over one hundred years using our legal skills to help you through difficult, complicated or emotional times. Within every area of law, we put your interests first. We provide a personalised service, with specialised expertise and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.
Our Family Lawyers act regularly for clients on Child Arrangement matters across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham.
Call today or complete the enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly. We will always respond promptly, and we will be happy to help.
Chris Burns is an experienced dedicated family lawyer who practices a range of family and children work. He is an excellent practitioner and fights hard for his clients.
The team is very committed to getting the very best outcome for its clients and has impressive legal knowledge.
The practice is a quality, forward-thinking, medium-sized regional practice, which is very proficient and has great strength in depth.
The team at Lupton Fawcett is exceptionally well led, adopting a professional yet highly family-centred approach. It actively promotes non-court-based solutions and collaborative approaches where possible, whilst still being realistic about when court is the only solution to move a situation forwards.
Chris (Burns), I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done. Your firm is amazing. You and Sophie have been fantastic in dealing with my divorce and complex financial issues, as well as resolving the long term arrangements for my son. Your staff do what they are supposed to do. They do it with respect, professionalism, kindness and care at some of the most difficult times I have had to face. No words can tell you what this has meant to me. I will never be able to thank you enough.
The service we received was excellent and we were impressed by your professional and sympathetic approach. It was good to understand the processes involved in what was a complex case. In comparison to the responding solicitors, we were very impressed by the detail of your letters and the care in which you took to represent our concerns. Should the need arise in the future, we would have no hesitation in contacting you. Thank you once again for your guidance and support Richard (Buckley).
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