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Divorce and separation can be especially challenging when there are children involved, with the need to decide where they will live and what financial support they will require.
It is important to keep conflict to a minimum when dealing with these matters, so getting the support of an experienced family lawyer who can help you take the right approach is in everyone’s best interests.
Our friendly, professional family lawyers in Hammersmith can help with all issues relating to children and divorce, including making arrangements for where your children will live and agreeing child maintenance. We can also assist with matters such as taking children abroad and changing children’s names following divorce.
Wherever possible, we will help you to reach an amicable agreement with your former partner, avoiding the need for court proceedings. However, should divorce court hearings be required, we have the skills and expertise to get the best possible outcome for you and your children, no matter how challenging the circumstances.
How we can help you with your children during divorce
Reaching a voluntary agreement over arrangements for children
In the overwhelming majority of cases, we are able to negotiate arrangements for where your children will live and what contact they will have with each parent without court proceedings, keeping things amicable. This is sometimes referred to as ‘child custody’ arrangements or ‘child residence’.
It is now most common for children to have shared residence, where they spend some days each week with each parent. We can help with agreeing which days children will spend with each parent and where this may need to be varied to match the needs of each parent and the children.
Applying to a court for a Child Arrangements Order
In those rare cases where we cannot agree child arrangements voluntarily, we can support you in applying to a court for a Child Arrangements Order or responding to an application made by your former partner.
We can guide you through the whole process of preparing your case and ensure you have the very best possible representation during any hearing that takes place, helping you to get the outcome you and your children need.
Making a child maintenance agreement
We can assist you with agreeing child maintenance where required or help you with applying to a court for a Child Maintenance Order where required.
We will be happy to advise you on whether you are likely to get a higher payment with a Child Maintenance Order than through a voluntary agreement, including where there are complex issues to deal with, such as a child with a disability or other additional needs.
Change of name deeds for children
A common issue following divorce is the need to change the name of children, for example if you are reverting to your maiden name and want your children to have the same name or if you are remarrying.
We can assist you with applying to a court for a change of name deed, making this name change official and helping with applying for documents such as passports.
Taking children abroad following divorce
If you wish to move abroad with your children following divorce or are concerned that your former partner may intend to take your children out of the country without your consent, we can help.
Our team can advise you on agreeing terms with your partner for taking your children abroad, applying to a court for permission to do so if their other parent disagrees, or applying for a Prohibited Steps Order if you need to block your children from being removed from the country.
Why our Hammersmith divorce solicitors are the right choice for you and your children
Offering decades of specialist experience in divorce and children law issues, our friendly, professional family lawyers in Hammersmith can make getting the right outcome for you and your children as simple, straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Several of our team are members of Resolution, a network of family lawyers committed to removing unnecessary conflict from divorce. This reflects our belief that the majority of divorces and issues such as arrangements for children are best resolved without resorting to court proceedings, as this can save you time, money and uncertainty, while making things much easier on your whole family.
However, we also have strong experience dealing with court proceedings for divorce, including for issues relating to children. Our team can offer a combination of sensitive, compassionate support and pragmatic legal advice and representation, helping you to get the best outcome for you and your children.
Divorce and child law services in other languages
Family law solicitor Thanuja Oppilamany is able to offer services in Tamil.
Speak to our divorce lawyers in Hammersmith
For friendly, expert legal advice on any aspect of divorce, including making arrangements for children, you can contact our family law team now by calling our Hammersmith office or using our simple contact form to request a call back.