Arrangements for children after divorce or separation
Even when both parties are working positively together, divorce can have a lasting impact on everyone involved. We’ll make sure your children’s needs come first throughout your divorce and separation proceedings.
We are here for you and your family to make this time of your life as easy and pain-free as possible. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you with any of your child and family law matters.Get in touch
Common orders and agreements between separated parents
It can often be difficult to agree on a best way forward with your ex-partner, especially when children are involved. In these situations, we can offer the advice you need to deal with any family law matters, keeping your children’s wellbeing in the forefront.
For example, we can help you with:
- Residence orders
These are legally binding orders between you and your ex to help you finalise the agreements on where your children will live.
- Contact orders
These are legally binding orders which will set out how much contact you and your ex will have with your children.
- Prohibited steps orders
These are legally binding orders that will prevent either of you from taking particular action with your children, such as taking them abroad.
- Specific issue orders
Specific issue orders will help you to resolve a specific dispute, such as which school your children should attend.
- Parental responsibility agreements
These agreements protect your legal rights to be involved in important decisions about your children’s health, education and welfare.
- Agreements on change of name
Agreements you can set out with your ex when either of you want to change your child’s name.
- Agreements on international or national relocation
Agreements helping you settle disputes about moving children abroad or to another area of the country with the other parent.
We have many years of experience helping parents to resolve their disputes in the best interest of their children, and we are ready to help you.
Setting out clear arrangements
To minimise the negative affect of separation on yourself and your children, it is always better to have a divorce on good terms, however, we know that unfortunately this is not always possible.
No matter how friendly or disagreeable the contact with your ex currently is, we can help you reach the agreements protecting yourself and your children.
When all matters are negotiated fairly, and clear agreements have been reached about children and finances, the healing process can begin.
Getting help with your divorce and child arrangements can save you a lot of time, frustration and hassle. Our family law solicitors will ensure your matters are dealt with as swiftly as possible, causing you the least possible stress and upset.
Keeping the child's best interest in mind
Divorce and separation can have a significant impact on a child’s life. That’s why we will always keep your child’s best interest in mind. Our children law solicitors have given support and guidance to hundreds of families over a wide range of legal matters involving children, including child arrangement orders.
Who your children should live with, when they should see their parents or grandparents, financial terms and child maintenance agreements all need deciding. Our child custody solicitors are on-hand to provide sound, honest and clear child law advice on each one.
Manchester-based children law solicitors
Based in Manchester, our children law solicitors are here to provide the guidance and support you need. We understand your concerns as a parent and will act swiftly to protect the interests of you and your children.
If there are serious concerns about your child’s immediate safety and welfare, we can act urgently to provide them with protection with immediate effect.
We will guide you along every step of the legal process, giving you our honest, considered advice on all the complex aspects of divorce and children’s law.
Legal support during your divorce
We will do what we can to support and guide you through the process of your divorce. Our divorce solicitors can help you with all your family law matters, including those not related to child arrangements.
We will handle your divorce with care, helping you minimise the negative effects of custody and child maintenance disagreements. By doing this we hope to secure a brighter future for you all.
Bespoke child law advice and support
Our expert family and child law solicitors know that each family and each divorce is different. That is why we ensure that our advice is tailored to you.
Depending on your situation, one or more of our services may be relevant. Our family law solicitors handle legal matters regarding child arrangements, divorce, financial settlements, cohabitation agreements, mediation and pre and postnuptial agreements. Whatever you need, we can help.
Court orders and child agreements
The Children Act 1989 sets out specific duties to parents, courts and other local authorities and agencies within the UK. It’s designed to ensure that children are safeguarded, and that their welfare is always being considered.
As such, in all cases within child law, the courts focus on what is in the best interest of your child or children. Child welfare is their main concern when making any decisions about child arrangement and child maintenance orders.
What our children law solicitors can do for you
Experienced family law solicitors will ensure that all agreements are set out clearly. This means that future arguments over previous agreements – or a child arrangement order breach – can be avoided or dealt with quickly, causing less of a strain on you and your family.
Arguments over child custody and child maintenance are often the most bitter aspects of the divorce negotiations. We will work tirelessly to help you reach a positive agreement between you and your ex-partner, and always focus on minimising the negative impacts of your divorce on your children.
Few things are more confrontational than a divorce, but we can give you the support you need whilst minimising the bad feeling and stress that the process creates.
We will do what is best for you and your children as quickly, cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. To find out how we can help, give us a call today or request a call back.
Our services regarding children law will be priced with your specific situation in mind. However, in general, children law fees are as follows:
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At AWH Solicitors we can offer fixed fee packages, as we know our clients prefer to know what they will pay from the outset.
Our platinum uncontested divorce package for the petitioner is only £450 plus vat plus the court fee.
Our contested divorce package
If you can't agree on a settlement with your former spouse our contested divorce package will likely be suitable for you.
- Initial consultation for 30 minutes about the divorce only and completing the divorce petition with you
- Reasonable correspondence with you, the court and the other side in respect of the divorce proceedings
- Drafting the divorce documents, namely; divorce petition, application for decree nisi, statement in support for decree nisi and application for decree absolute
- Keeping you informed throughout in respect of the divorce process
Our platinum uncontested divorce package
Similarly to our contested divorce package, we offer a platinum fixed fee package for the respondent in uncontested divorce proceedings for only £275 plus vat.
- Initial consultation with you for 30 minutes
- Preparing the 'Acknowledgement of Service Form'
- Checking court papers
- Advising you of the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute once received from the court
What is not included in these fees
If during the divorce process any of these factors arise you will no longer qualify for the fixed fee divorce package. If this occurs we will immediately discuss matters with you to agree a new fixed fee structure with you.
In cases where the divorce is defended, we are prepared to offer fixed packages but will need to discuss and review your case with you to tailor a package that will suit you.
- Obtaining a duplicate copy of the marriage certificate
- Having the marriage certificate translated
- Fees charged by a bailiff/process server in serving the divorce documents on the respondent
- The costs of amending the divorce papers once they have been lodged at court
- If acting for the respondent the costs of applying to the court for the decree absolute
- Dealing with any issues in relation to the relationship in connection with the children, finances, property or domestic violence
- The costs of tracing a party
- Attending court in respect of the divorce proceedings
- Enforcing any costs order
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There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in any area of the law. Every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.
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Our excellent reputation is built on our exceptional level of client care.
Every case is handled with the highest level of respect and many of our clients go on to recommend us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.
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