Child Custody

At No.1 Solicitors, our child custody solicitors understand how tough a separation can be on the children caught in the middle but as a parent, you may want to arrange which spouse has custody of any children involved.
After all, the decisions made on child residence and parental responsibility will have a significant impact on the child’s development and upbringing. Because of the importance, it’s easy for disputes between parents to escalate and evolve into time-consuming, costly court battles that can be emotional for both yourself and your children.Child Custody Solicitors - No. 1 Solicitors
However, with the right legal advice and assistance, a fair outcome can be achieved with minimal time and fuss. That’s why our child custody lawyers will always prioritise the needs of your children and will go above and beyond in securing a solution that meets their needs.

Parental responsibility 

Parental responsibility is a term used for the legal responsibilities that a parent receives when they have a child. Some of these responsibilities include:
• To provide a safe and suitable home
• To choose and provide appropriate education
• To protect and maintain their child
• To name the child and record and changes
Do I have parental responsibility?
If you’re the mother of a child, you will automatically receive parental responsibility when your child is born.
If you’re a father and you’re listed on the child’s birth certificate or married to the child’s mother, you will usually have automatic responsibility, too.
For parents of a child that was born into a civil partnership through artificial insemination, your civil partner will automatically be granted parental responsibility if both names are added to the child’s birth certificate.

Do I have parental responsibility?

If you’re the mother of a child, you will automatically receive parental responsibility when your child is born.

If you’re a father and you’re listed on the child’s birth certificate or married to the child’s mother, you will usually have automatic responsibility, too.
For parents of a child that was born into a civil partnership through artificial insemination, your civil partner will automatically be granted parental responsibility if both names are added to the child’s birth certificate.
How do I get parental responsibility?
If you are not automatically granted parental responsibility for your child, you are able to apply for it. This can be done by receiving a signed parental responsibility agreement with the mother or from a Court.

How do I get parental responsibility?

If you are not automatically granted parental responsibility for your child, you are able to apply for it. This can be done by receiving a signed parental responsibility agreement with the mother or from a Court.
We know how difficult it can be for couples to reach an agreement on child issues following their separation. Reaching an agreement in respect to child custody or certain child decisions can be difficult, particularly where there is a level of animosity or lack of communication between parents, which is why you may need to consult the Court in order to gain legal responsibility for a child.
Here at 1Solicitors, we are able to help fathers and unmarried parents to receive custody of their child and be classed as a recognised person with parental responsibility.
With the expert knowledge of our expert child custody solicitors, we’re confident in helping any issues you may be experiencing with receiving the parental responsibility that you deserve.

Child custody after a divorce or separation

Unfortunately, child custody and contact is one of the most bitterly argued-over issues following a divorce or separation. In the majority of child custody cases that follow a divorce or separation, we strongly encourage our clients to try and resolve their differences through mediation where a neutral third-party can help you agree the terms and conditions of contact with your children. However, if you have already attempted this route with no success, then it may be necessary to issue court proceedings as a last resort.

Court Process for Child Custody Rights

If you have not been able to come to an agreement with your ex-partner, our highly skilled child law solicitors can represent you in the court of law and provide you with strong legal support at every stage of the court process.
In fact, we pride ourselves on our passion to relay any updates to your case to yourself as soon as we receive them, allowing you to be constantly updated on how your child custody case is evolving.
We work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you and your children; that’s our promise to you.
It is important to remember that the Court’s decision will be based on what’s in the best interest of your children as their welfare is of utmost importance. Under the Children Act 2004, it is not your contact with your children but what’s best for your children that matters most.

Contact our Child Custody Solicitors for an initial consultation today on 0330 053 7117 or let us call you back.

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