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Supporting parents through divorce and separation

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When a relationship breaks down it can be difficult for everyone involved. The legal focus is on protecting the rights of the child, which includes concerns for their safety and well-being and their right to have a relationship with both parents.

If parents cannot agree arrangements in relation to where a child will live and when the child will see or visit the other parent the Courts may have to be asked to make a decision – often our solicitors are able to help before things get that far.

Our family law solicitors can help with:

If you want to have a relationship with your child but are being denied access by your ex-partner there are several steps you can take.

Learn more about access for estranged parents here.

Child arrangements orders
A child arrangements order sets out arrangements for your child to live and have contact with both parents. 

Learn more about child arrangements orders here.

The old ideas of child custody and access no longer exist in English law. If you want a formal, legal agreement about where your children will live and when they will spend time with both parents you will need to apply for a Child Arrangements Order.

Breach of a child arrangements order
If you have an order in place but this is being breached by your ex you may be able to ask the court to enforce the order.

Learn more about how we help with breaches of child arrangement orders here.

Preventing contact
The safety and wellbeing of your children is paramount. If your child is at risk steps can be taken to prevent contact.

Learn more about preventing contact here.

Grandparents rights
Grandparents have no automatic legal rights to see their grandchildren but can apply through the courts, if an agreement cannot be reached amicably with the grandchildren’s parents.

Learn more about grandparents’ rights here.

Call Woolley & Co, family lawyers on 0800 321 3832 to arrange a telephone appointment with one of our family law experts, or complete our online form.