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 child custody rights and 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.

Parental responsibility in civil partnerships

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.

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.

However, our child custody solicitors 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. Our child custody lawyers know that you may be doing your best to support your child but don’t have the required legal rights to do so.

In this case, the expert knowledge of our expert child custody solicitors means that we’re confident in helping any issues you may be experiencing with receiving the parental responsibility that you deserve.

When do I need to fight for child custody?

If you’re experiencing a divorce or other kind of legal separation, UK law states that you must determine who will be responsible of any children that you share once the relationship comes to an end. Commonly referred to as child residency, you may need to fight for custody of your children in order for them to permanently live with you.

There are two types of child custody in the UK, which are:

Joint custody

For the majority of parents and children, the best type of custody is joint or shared. This means that both parents have equal access to the children and are both able to be involved in any major decisions relating to their life.

Sole or full custody with our top custody lawyers

If a Court deems that joint custody isn’t an option (or you decide to fight for full custody), this means that you will be the only person who has exclusive rights concerning the child.

The other parent who does not have any custody doesn’t have any rights and cannot be offered the chance to be involved in important decisions regarding the child.

However, depending on your circumstances, the parent without custody may be entitled to visitation periods. This will give them an opportunity to spend time with the child, although the visits may be supervised if the situation has history of abuse, violence or assault.

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. Proof or evidence that mediation wasn’t successful may be required when the case is escalated.

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.

We have knowledge on how UK child law works and when this information is passed to you, you’ll be in a clear stance and able to figure out the best options for your child. 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.

Book your initial consultation today with our child law solicitors

As with all of our family law cases, you’re able to explore your options with regards to child custody in your initial consultation. Either conducted in one of our offices or over Skype at a time that’s convenient for you, we’re always on-hand and provide 24/7 legal support throughout your case.

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.

Our child custody lawyers work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you and your children; that’s our promise to you.

To book your initial appointment today, enquire about your child custody rights or request a call back, simply contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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