Child Care Solicitors Leeds, Sheffield & York

Our team of Child Law Solicitors in Yorkshire have an excellent track record of successfully helping families resolve issues 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.

When a relationship ends, the separating couple must find a way to co-operate on parenting matters, and a smooth transition to the new arrangements is usually a priority for both parents.

However, there are often differences of opinion about where the child should live, how time will be split, access for grandparents and financial matters.  The court will only intervene if one of you makes an application for a court order to decide on the issues you cannot agree on.

Our experienced team of Child Solicitors and mediators have significant experience in dealing with these matters and will help you navigate the process of resolving your disagreements in the best possible way.

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:

Where appropriate we can advise and support you in reaching an agreement without having to go to court, through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

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.

We understand the emotions surrounding all issues involving children, so we aim to resolve matters as quickly as possible with minimum impact on the children, keeping their best interests at heart throughout.

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 lives and arrangements for them to spend time with the other parent and grandparents.  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 family law team can help you to find a solution to whatever challenges you are facing in relation to your children. We are on hand to guide you throughout what can be a difficult and emotional time.

Lupton Fawcett have teams of highly recommended Child Law Solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield and York ready to offer expert legal advice on all child care matters, so don’t hesitate to call for a free initial consultation today.

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.

I instructed Chris Burns to advise me in relation to various financial issues which arose following the breakdown of my marriage. My case involved a dispute with my former husband over the ownership and occupation of a significant property with adjacent land. Chris steered me through the process of resolving this. Despite resistance from my former husband, Chris advised me with a determined focus and provided me with clear and pragmatic advice throughout the process and achieved my objective within the proceedings.


It’s rare to come across someone like Chris (Burns), absolutely clued up in his area, pragmatic and direct, yet supportive and respectful. As clients, he guided us through the process, quickly picking out what was important, remaining focused on the end game and delivering more than we could have expected. We would not hesitate to recommend Chris.


I would highly recommend Richard (Buckley) at Lupton Fawcett. He understood the difficult and sensitive nature of divorce and was reassuring and professional throughout. He explained the process clearly from the start and was always quick to respond

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

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‘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.‘

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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.‘

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