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Most parents will be able to reach an amicable agreement about child contact when they are divorcing or separating. At the very least, this is what most people aim for.

However, we can empathise with situations where one parent unfairly blocks contact or refuses to negotiate with the other. Our child law solicitors can provide full advice and assistance in relation to this.

Our team of child law solicitors has extensive experience in all aspects of child law and is able to assist with orders for residence and contact, negotiating the children’s hearing system, adoption and matters relating to child protection.

We can provide you with child law advice, no matter the situation.

Child law – residence

Residence (formerly known as ‘custody’) is the term used to describe with whom a child should live.

At Jones Whyte, we have extensive experience dealing with matters relating to children where parents and relevant parties cannot agree with whom the child should have their primary residence, or how much contact should take place with a non-resident parent or grandparent.

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If you believe it is in the best interests of the child to reside with you, then you can apply to the court for a Residence Order with the help of one of our child law solicitors. The court will assess the appropriateness of your request and the welfare of the child when considering whether or not to grant this.

It is important to note that, even if a court decides that the child should live with one parent and not the other, the non-resident parent still has parental rights and responsibilities.

Child law – contact

Anyone with an interest in the child can apply for a Contact Order. Formerly known as ‘access’, contact regulates how long and how often the child should have contact with the parent who does not have residence.

Contact Orders are the means by which the court steps in to see that the children of any relationship do not become marginalised by other family members who have decided they know what is best for the child. If you are a parent or other relevant person and are looking to have a more structured involvement in that child’s life, then contact our child law solicitors to find out what steps can be taken to assist you with this.

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Other family law advice

The family law team at Jones Whyte have experience in many different areas. Our specialist solicitors can advise on:

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