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Child Custody, Access & Maintenance

If you and your partner are going through a divorce or separation and you have children, it’s natural to worry about how they will be affected.  How will they feel?  How will it affect them at school, or in later life?  More immediately, who will they live with and when will they see their other parent?

We understand that divorce and separation can be very difficult to come to terms with, especially when children are involved. We have years of practical and legal experience in this area and can help you reach an agreement that works best for both you and your children.

Watch our short video below featuring Rachel, who worried about the impact that divorce may have on her young daughter. We help people like Rachel on a regular basis to achieve the best possible outcome for themselves and their children after divorce.

What was once known legally as child custody is now referred to as residence. We still refer to it as custody here as this is the language used by most of our clients. Regardless of the terminology, you can be sure that our specialist children lawyers can offer expert advice on the issues that you and your family are facing.

Our specialist children lawyers can support you and offer expert advice on a range of issues that will affect you and your children, including:

  • Where children should live
  • Who the children should see and when (known as ‘contact’)
  • Financial claims for child maintenance, including for school fees and housing costs
  • Relocation (both in the UK and overseas)
  • Change of name, school and other specific issues

If you are a grandparent, and are worried about what will happen to your relationship with your grandchildren as a result of the separation, we can give you expert advice based on our experience in handling cases involving:

  • Child arrangements
  • Adoption orders

Our Approach To Child Custody, Access And Maintenance

We can guide you through the process of mediation and negotiation to come to an agreement that meets your children’s needs without causing bitterness and anger between you and your partner. Our experience tells us that an agreement made by both of you, that is in the best interests of the children, will usually work better and cause less tension than an arrangement that is forced on you by the courts. 

However, working with thousands of families has taught us that sometimes it is not possible to mediate or even negotiate. In these circumstances we have the knowledge and experience to help you through the court process and fight for the best possible outcome for you and your children. 

We will advise you about what is likely to happen and how long things will take. We understand you may be anxious about how a court battle will affect your children and we will do everything we can to support you and your children through any issues that arise.

Why Choose Us?

Our family law solicitors are widely regarded as one of the UK leaders. We specialise in providing expert advice in all areas of family law following divorce and separation, including child custody, access and maintenance.

- We have a large team of family law experts based in major cities across England.

- We will explain the process clearly and keep you informed about what is happening at each stage.

- We provide cost effective solutions tailored to your situation and will provide clear information about costs, allowing you to manage your outgoings.

- Our experts achieve high rankings in independent guides to the legal profession.

What The Experts Say About Our Family Law Experts

We’re regularly ranked highly in the leading independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Legal 500 Leading Firm 2016A "top-quality team" that is "very knowledgeable and compassionate" and "provides fantastic advice" - Legal 500, 2016

"Very caring and detailed approach - literally 24/7 client care." and "An amazing team - I fear for anyone who goes up against them." - Chambers & Partners, 2015

"Irwin Mitchell’s family law practice is ‘strong, professional and efficient', and acts for many professionals, such as doctors, dentists, accountants and solicitors." - Legal 500, 2014

Contact Us For Expert Help

As a leading family law team with experts around the country, we can help you reach a positive solution for you and your children.

Call us now on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online.

Please note that we do not deal with Legal Aid cases.

Useful Documents

Download our guide to children and divorce

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