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.

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 – experienced, capable, easy to talk to, provides an all round specialised knowledge of family work.‘

Legal 500 2021

‘Andy Smith is a fantastic professional and takes pride in his work. He has helped provide guidance on numerous occasions on legal issues to clients of mine and has not engaged in work where it was not needed.‘

Legal 500 2021

Lupton Fawcett have a great team and they are always friendly and approachable which is not something that can be said for all legal firms. They are not pushy for work and give plenty of time to think about whether or not you wish to engage them as a firm.‘

Legal 500 2021

“I would like to thank you [Richard Buckley] for your honest and expert advice. Working with you has been invaluable to me in terms of understanding the legalities concerned with matrimonial matters. I would not hesitate to recommend you to others.”

Helen Stead

Many thanks for all your help (Richard Buckley) and professional guidance throughout this challenging process. I have found your advice and tact through my divorce very helpful providing a well balanced view on all matters and situations that occurred some of them unforeseen and you always helped me to reach the best decision possible. Good luck with everything in the future and I will recommend your services to anyone.

Andy North

Chris Burns and Alice Evans guided me through my separation and were able to provide extensive legal knowledge surrounding my financial entitlement to our joint assets. Alice was able to efficiently agree terms with my former partner and diligently meet my objectives. Alice then drafted a highly comprehensive separation deed to reflect this. Both were very attentive to me during the process and remained professional yet sympathetic throughout

Mr M

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