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.