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Child Law and Custody

Why Choose Austin Kemp for Child Law and Custody?

At Austin Kemp, we’re committed to putting you and your children first. We’ve completed countless cases related to child law and custody, listening to each client and tailoring our approach to their unique situation. We’ll assign you a specialist lawyer to oversee your case, answering any questions you have and providing support and reassurance through a difficult time. Our legal FAQs are a great way to learn more about child law and family law if you want to find out more about the processes.

We also provide expert knowledge on child custody and child law, find out more about child care arrangement orders, child welfare, adoption orders, child maintenance, parental rights, and more with our articles.

We’re professional and effective, and keep all clients informed throughout the process with straightforward updates. We pride ourselves on excellence throughout the organisation; every staff member holds themselves to the highest standards, and our specialism in family law sets us apart from other law firms. Our client testimonials are testament to our high-quality service.

Our expert family solicitors offer a range of legal services dealing with child law. This includes child custody arrangements when parents separate, same sex parenting, international relocation and more.

Contact our Family Lawyers and Family Law Solicitors today to move your case forward.

How Can Child Law Solicitors Help You?

Our team of family law solicitors can help you come to a solution with issues relating to child law. We have the knowledge and experience to come up with a plan for your specific case, helping you get the result that’s best for your children. Our expertise spans several areas of child law, including child custody, financial provisions, contact arrangements and more. Contact local family law solicitors near you to discuss your specific case today. 

Child Custody Law

Child custody refers to a parent’s legal right to raise, look after and make decisions for their child. A court can grant custody to either parent or both parents when they separate.

Often, parents favour joint custody; this allows them to share the responsibility and participate in decision-making. When parents can’t agree on the best living arrangement for their child, a decision will be made in court. We have several articles on child custody written by experts and our family lawyers that specialise in finding solutions for our clients.

There four types of child custody in the UK; our expert lawyers have experience with each.

Physical Custody 

Physical custody is concerned with which parent the child lives with. When sole physical custody is granted, a child will live primarily with one parent; the other parent is still granted visitation and parenting time except in exceptional circumstances. Joint physical custody means a child will spend time living with both parents.

The wellbeing of the child is paramount in each case. While joint physical custody may seem the fairer option in some cases, courts will consider the impact of moving between households on the child and what solution will be best for the child’s welfare.

Legal Custody

Legal custody concerns which parent decides how the child will be brought up. For example, this parent is responsible for making decisions on the child’s education, cultural upbringing and healthcare. When courts grant sole legal custody, only one parent has the right to decide how the child will be brought up. Joint legal custody grants both parents the right to make decisions for the child.

Full Custody

Full custody describes one parent receiving both sole physical and sole legal custody. It can be granted to parents in several cases; for instance, if the other parent has a history of abuse or neglect, or if the courts determine that the other parent is unfit to raise the child. 

Joint Custody

When courts grant joint custody, both parents share custody over their child. There are three types: physical joint custody, legal joint custody and joint physical and legal custody.

Physical joint custody means the child spends a considerable amount of time with both parents. Legal joint custody means both parents have the right to make decisions that will affect the child’s life. Joint physical and legal custody allows both parents to spend significant time with their child, while they both participating in decision-making.

Child Financial Provisions

When parents separate, they can make financial claims on behalf of their children. There are various types of financial provision for children:

  • Child maintenance – This is an arrangement that ensures the child’s living costs are paid for when their parents aren’t together any more.
  • Capital lump sums – These are made for purchases that directly impact the child, such as furniture for their room.
  • Transfers of property to home the child while they’re a minor – This ensures a child has a place to live during their minority, after which the property is returned to its provider.

Our lawyers have represented parties that both pay and receive financial provision for children. Find out more about child financial provisions, and contact our specialist team for more information.

Child Contact Arrangements

As children grow and mature, the amount and type of contact they require changes. Due to this fact, child contact agreements can be updated to suit the child’s needs. In some cases, parents disagree on what type of arrangement would best suit the child. One parent may want to move away, or the parties may both have a different idea of how many nights per week children should stay at each home. In these situations, family law solicitors can provide guidance on how to move forward. As always, Austin Kemp prioritise what’s best for you and your children. Read more about child contact arrangements and get in touch to see how we can help.

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