Child Law

Whether it’s making arrangements for children on separation, or dealing with child protection concerns, our specialist solicitors are on hand.

Child Law

Whether it’s making arrangements for children on separation, or dealing with child protection concerns, our specialist solicitors are on hand.

CASES INVOLVING CHILDREN

Whether it is helping to resolve arrangements for children when parties separate, or providing sympathetic but practical advice if Social Services have worries about a child, our team of expert family lawyers have many years’ experience in this complex area of law.

We’ll guide you all the way through. We can give you initial advice, assist with negotiations, support you through mediation and represent you in court if this is necessary. We know how stressful this can be – and we’ll help you to focus on the welfare of your child to achieve the best outcome.

As accredited members of the Law Society’s Children Panel we regularly handle cases for parents, children or for other relatives where concerns of child protection or abuse are raised.

At Bretherton Law we use plain English – not legal jargon. We’ll explain everything in a way that’s clear and easy to understand. We will explain the costs and timescales involved up front so you always know what to expect. We’ll see if you can get help with your fees through Legal Aid.

To arrange your appointment call 01727 869293 or book online.

WHY BRETHERTON LAW?

• Your first, fixed fee appointment for just £50.00 plus VAT
• Legal Aid available in some circumstances
• An experienced, friendly and accessible team
• Members of Resolution
• Law Society Lexcel and Children Panel accreditations

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Our Child Law Services
  • Arrangements for children on separation or divorce

    When a relationship breaks down and children are affected, your main concern will be to protect their well-being. At Bretherton Law we will help you look at how your children’s welfare can be kept in focus as the number one priority.

    Throughout all the practical considerations that are required during a separation or divorce, we never lose sight of the fact that your children’s physical and emotional well-being comes first.

    Our family law solicitors are experienced in helping parents and families make arrangements for children following the breakdown of a relationship. We will help you to explore different options for their care and contact with others, and explain your legal rights and responsibilities whilst ensuring that the views of you and your children are heard. We can help if you cannot agree about schooling, or if you or your former partner plan to move away. We can also assist in making urgent applications in case of emergency.

    Of course, children have practical needs as well as emotional ones and it can sometimes be difficult to focus on the best solutions when a relationship has broken down. Our family solicitors will bring clarity to your situation. We’ll clearly explain what arrangements for children need to be considered and help you put things in place to create a more stable and happy future for you and your children. We can guide you towards mediation services if this is appropriate.

    To arrange your appointment call 01727 869293 or book online.

  • International Child Law

    Family breakdown can become very complicated if there are children involved and the parents have different national origins. Complex situations can arise if one parent wishes to return to their country of origin, and if agreement cannot be reached about where the children should reside.

    Cases involving child abduction, where a parent removes a child from the care of the other parent, or fails to return them when they should, where a parent removes them from the country or fails to return them from abroad, require really urgent assistance and expert help.

    Our family team are experienced in helping in these stressful situations, liaising with the authorities and utilising international connections where necessary to help in every way possible to resolve the situation quickly.

    To arrange your appointment call 01727 869293 or book online.

  • Care proceedings and child protection

    We regularly act for parents, family members and children in complex cases where child abuse or neglect are of concern to the authorities. Our specialist team is one of the largest in Hertfordshire. With experienced solicitors including 3 members of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Panel, you’ll be in safe hands.

    If Social Services are worried about the safety or welfare of a child, the Local Authority has a legal duty to investigate. If they consider that the child is not safe they may start a court process known as care proceedings. They may ask the court to make a care order for the child, which means that the Local Authority will have responsibility for the child, making decisions about their welfare – such as where they live, who cares for them and what contact they will have with family members.

    Sometimes the Local Authority will carry out formal assessments before taking court proceedings – this process can be through Child in Need, Child Protection or the Public Law Outline. We can help and advise you if your family is undergoing this process. You could be eligible for Legal Aid.

    It will be a confusing and stressful time – particularly if you don’t agree with the decisions that the authorities are making. You will need experts on your side. At Bretherton Law we help families through these complex processes. Our expert solicitors will explain what’s happening at every step of the way, in simple terms that are easy to understand. We can come to meetings with you, and provide support and the representation you need if the case goes to court.

    If Social Services tell you that they intend to take your child into care, we can help you understand what will happen next. We’ll advise you how and when to challenge their decisions. We’ll explain how your child will be cared for and let you know what rights you and your child have. We can discuss other options, such as family placements, and help you with contact arrangements if your child is separated from you.

    If Social Services are involved with your family, and you need help and support, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and approachable solicitors will put you at ease and answer any concerns you may have. Legal Aid may well be available for you.  If you are not eligible for Legal Aid we will explain what the options are for funding our fees.

    To arrange your appointment call 01727 869293 or book online.

  • Adoption

    If you wish to adopt a child, whether within the UK or from abroad, or are facing the possibility of losing a child to adoption, having expert legal advice is essential. Bretherton Law can support you in this highly complex legal area.

    The decision to adopt a child starts a complicated legal process.

    Bretherton Law has specialist family lawyers who can advise you on the adoption process, criteria assessments and procedure. We clearly outline timescales, costs and the legal and practical requirements at every stage of the adoption process.

    If you face having a child removed, we can act for you too. You could be entitled to Legal Aid.

    To arrange your appointment call 01727 869293 or book online.

  • CHILDREN IN CARE

    If you are the parent or relative of a child who has been taken into care, you’ll naturally want to be sure that they are being well looked after. You may wish to challenge certain decisions that are being made about the child’s welfare or you may want to make arrangements to have more contact with the child.

    Whatever situation you are facing, we’re here to provide the support you need. We can help you understand decisions made by the Local Authority or by the court and we can explain what rights you and the child have.

    If you are a child in care, we can help you too. Our knowledgeable and approachable family law solicitors will put you at ease whilst explaining what options are available to you.

    To arrange your appointment call 01727 869293 or book online.

  • CHANGE OF NAME FOR A CHILD

    Changing a child’s name may be difficult, depending on the circumstances. It usually requires everyone who shares parental responsibility for the child to agree to the change. It may be necessary to apply to the court for an order. The court will need to consider all the circumstances and look at what is in the child’s best interests.

    To arrange your appointment call 01727 869293 or book online.

Testimonials

You treated me with respect and I understood everything.

Experienced, qualified solicitors. Very polite.

Words can never express our family’s gratitude.

Sandra, thank you for all your help and support. You’ve made it possible for us to be the girls’ special guardian. We are indebted to you.

Helpful and understanding and solved the problem for me – Thanks.