We offer exceptional expertise on a wide range of children and parenting issues including:
Including the obtaining of Residence Orders (referred to as ‘child custody’ in some jurisdictions) and Contact Orders pursuant to the Children Law (2012 Revision), which define where children should live and the terms on which they should spend time with each parent and other extended family members, like grandparents. We also have a wealth of experience in negotiating and preparing Co-Parenting Agreements and Parenting Plans.
It is important for every parent to know what legal rights and responsibilities they have in relation to their children and this can become extremely important in the event of relationship breakdown. We can assist with obtaining recognition of parental responsibility if needed, entering parental responsibility agreements or resolving issues in relation to the exercise of parental responsibility.
When a parent unlawfully removes a child from their home country and/or unlawfully withholds a child from the other parent, urgent steps may need to be taken pursuant to the Hague Convention on the International Aspects of Child Abduction. We understand that time is of the essence in these situations and we can provide expert, strategic advice should child abduction proceedings become necessary.
Obtaining child maintenance orders to ensure that your child’s expenses are met. See also ‘Child Maintenance’ section.
It is not uncommon for a parent to want to relocate abroad with a child following a divorce or separation. It may be that the parent wishes to return ‘home’ to be closer to their family and support network or they need to relocate for immigration or employment reasons. Whether you are seeking advice on how to reach an agreement with the other parent or find yourself making or defending a child relocation (or permanent removal) application before the Court, we provide expert advice and guidance throughout what can be a very challenging process.
We provide advice and guidance in resolving disputes that arise in relation to the exercise of parental responsibility. Such issues can relate to the choice of a child’s school, decisions related to medical treatment of a child or changing a child’s name. Prohibited steps orders can also be obtained to prevent a parent from taking a particular decision, for example, the removal of a child from the jurisdiction without the other parent’s consent.
We provide advice and representation to families when social services are involved. This includes applications for care orders, supervision orders, emergency protection orders and child protection investigations. We act for parents and other caregivers dealing with contentious public law proceedings and we can also act as Guardian ad Litem on behalf of children where needed.
Going through the adoption process can be daunting and time-consuming. We can provide advice and support at any stage of the process whether it is the application stage, assessment stage or attending court to obtain an Adoption Order. Our team of family lawyers can assist and liaise with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Adoption Board and/or international adoption agencies where necessary.
We are experts in navigating complex children cases which enables us to deliver creative solutions to you and your family. Whatever the complexities of your particular situation, our highly experienced team will offer sensitive, tailored advice to ensure that you and your children’s best interests are met every step of the way.