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  • Overview

    Our child arrangement lawyers can help

    Our team of family solicitors always have the best interests of the children in mind and will provide you with sensible and practical advice about what can be the most emotive of issues.

    When you separate or divorce, the arrangements for the children can be difficult to resolve. There may be a number of things which require consideration, such as:

    •    Where will the children live?
    •    Who will they live with and what time will they spend with the other parent?
    •    The appropriate financial contributions to be made for the children
    •    What school the children will go to?
    •    What rights do grandparents have when it comes to seeing their grandchildren?


    The child law experts at Thomson Snell & Passmore will encourage and assist you in trying to resolve any issues regarding children with your partner or spouse by agreement, either through lawyers or by attending mediation. Our lawyers can also work with you and your partner on a collaborative basis to try and help you come to an agreement. 

    Child Arrangements Orders

    If you are not able to resolve matters by agreement, we can assist you in making an application to the Court under the Children Act 1989 for various orders. The term ‘custody’ is no longer used by the court, and instead a court will be asked to make a Child Arrangements Order setting out where the children will live and spend time. We can advise you about such applications and discuss whether this is the most appropriate step to take in your case.

    If an application to the Court is necessary, we can prepare or help with the necessary paperwork to make the application and act for you throughout the Court process.

    Alternatively, if you receive paperwork from your partner or spouse, or from his or her lawyers, indicating that a court application has been made, we can advise you about how to respond to this paperwork and act for you in the proceedings if necessary.

    We understand that these can be difficult decisions and require careful consideration. The Family team at Thomson Snell and Passmore have a wealth of experience in dealing with these issues, and will make sure your objectives and concerns are properly considered throughout the process. For further information, please contact one of the team.

    Examples of child arrangement issues we have advised on: 

    Parents living in separate countries and relocating your children
    We regularly advise clients where they or their former partners want to move to a different geographical area with the children, read our client story about securing arrangements for your children following a seperation.  Relocating within England and Wales is called internal relocation.  We have experience in both internal and international relocation,  We acted in a reported case in which a mother was given permission to permanently move with her child to live in New Zealand, the mother’s country of birth.  This application had been vigorously opposed by the father of the child. We have also acted in international relocation cases involving various jurisdictions including Scotland, Singapore, Israel, France, and Northern Ireland.  

    Anna Woodhoo recently acted for a parent who was defending an application to change where their children should live following allegations of parental alienation being made a few years following the breakdown of the marriage. The children were separately represented in the proceedings by a Guardian. Our client successfully defended the application and remains the primary carer for the children. 

    We also recently acted for a father who had been very involved in his children’s lives.  The mother of the children had made an application for the children to live with her and spend limited time with him, which he opposed.  With our assistance, he persuaded the court to make an order that the care of the children should be shared equally between the parents. 

    Grandparents obtaining guardianship 
    Helen Waite acted for grandparents who had taken over care of their grandchildren, in a situation where neither the mother nor the father was able to care for the children on a day to day basis.  We successfully obtained a special guardianship order, giving the grandparents parental responsibility for the children.  It was essential for the grandparents to have parental responsibility in the event that one or more of the children had any significant health issues and consent needed to be given for medical procedures. 



      

  • Related Client Stories

    Overseas child arrangements application in the context of parental alienation

    Joanna acted for a parent in relation to their Children Act proceedings regarding their children. Prior to separation, the whole family were situated abroad.

  • Latest Updates

    Pandemic Unlocks Family Law Flood

    Desmond O’Donnell recently wrote a piece for Wealth Briefing Magazine, looking at child arrangement and maintenance payments during coronavirus.

    Answers to the common questions we are currently receiving from family clients

    If you are thinking about petitioning for a divorce or making an application to the court at the moment, you might wish to take legal advice as to any other options available to you to try and resolve matters first. 

    COVID-19 and remote mediation

    Whilst it has for years been possible to deal with the divorce paperwork online, the procedure for dealing with financial and children issues has historically required both parties to attend hearings.

    Coronavirus crisis and guidance with regard to arrangements for children

    This guidance makes it clear that - whilst parents must abide by the “rules on staying at home and away from others” - where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.

    How the family courts are responding to COVID-19

    The rules in the family courts are flexible and do allow for almost any type of hearing to be conducted by telephone or video link if necessary.

    Grandparents and their grandchildren

    Grandparents often have a special relationship with their grandchildren, but when relationships break down the unfortunate reality is that grandparents do not have any automatic right to see their grandchildren. 

    Child(ren) and mediation – keeping it out of court

    Government cut backs in the public sector have had an impact on family cases.  It now takes longer and is more expensive to resolve a case through the court system.  People are increasingly looking to “keep it out of court”.  Increasingly, former couples are turning to mediation as a way of resolving the issues arising from their separation (including financial and children).

    New guidance published on supporting parents of ill or premature babies

    There are over 95,000 babies born prematurely in the UK every year. Currently there are no enhanced or additional maternity or paternity rights for parents of babies born early.

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At every stage in instructing TS&P (and I have used them for Residential Conveyancing, Family Law and Employment Law) I have always been very impressed with the quality of the people I have dealt with. Keep doing what they are doing and they will keep my business as well as be warmly recommended by me.

Client

I have found both Una and Desmond very professional, knowledgeable and understanding people. It is good to deal with 'humans' when having to work on personal documentation.

Client

Sarah is professional, well-organised, and thorough in her work. I was impressed by the way in which she kept matters cool and polite when dealing with my ex-husband's solicitor, always focused on the task at hand and never engaging in power games.  The outcome of the divorce was very satisfying for me, I felt well-advised and supported by Sarah Keily and Emma Sumner, and it is most gratifying to be able to have such high quality legal service locally.

Client

I found Sarah very approachable and her advice pragmatic. She immediately understood my situation and I felt comfortable in sharing information about my situation. The written advice that followed was easy to understand and I felt clear about my options.

Client

Kirstie Law is 'absolutely committed to moving things along, getting a result and resolving cases,' Sources say: 'She is one of the most effective lawyers practising in this area. Her approach is wonderfully refreshing and straightforward.

Client

Their technical and experiential knowledge in divorce law and experience in presenting legal arguments at court are real strengths.

Client

The 'very personal' family team is 'always accessible' and 'very knowledgeable.'  

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

They just led the way for me, steered the way for me through it...I didn't have to worry about anything they just were very proactive.

Client

Very efficient and caring. Always responding to emails even on days off.

Client

During the initial meeting with Helen, she had a manner about her that was reassuring and professional. I knew the company she represented was expensive, but felt absolute confidence in her to deliver if it was required.  

Client

Helen was very patient with me, as she often needed to translate documents from legalese to layman. The advice was always solid, but commensurate with the outcome I was seeking.

Client

Helen Waite carried out my instruction, she listened to what I wanted/needed. She kept me well informed on what was happening or not happening.

Client

Helen kept me informed, listened to what I wanted to say, achieved a great outcome for me.

Client

I feel that the compassion and determination of Sarah gave me hope and a will to push through such a painful time. I felt very confident in her letters and phone contact. She also made me laugh, which was hard at the time.

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The most reassuring and professional service you could get. Everything felt real and true, no false hopes but always reality which is what you need through emotional times,

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I was kept fully informed of progress. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. Any questions I asked were quickly dealt with.

Client

Very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

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Demonstrated a good understanding of the current laws pertaining to my particular case and ensured that my best interests were represented.

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Sarah came highly recommended via a family friend. I am based in the USA and was looking for an attorney that could handle a UK-based legal matter for me.

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