When a relationship ends, the children of that relationship will be your foremost concern and for a variety of reasons, parents encounter difficulties sharing the care of, or having contact with, their children. Such disputes are undoubtedly some of the most sensitive and difficult areas to grapple with and Nationwide Barristers seek to help you ensure that your children’s welfare is protected. Nationwide Barristers are able to provide you with expert advocacy and assistance from public access barristers who regularly appear in the family Courts. Some of the most common disputes that we can assist you with concerning children are set out below:
* Contact and Residence Disputes: Contact and Residence Orders provide formal arrangements as to where your children will live, whether it be under some form of shared care arrangement or residing with one person and having contact with another. Residence and Contact Orders aren’t just for parents either – Our public access barristers have experience in representing grandparents and step-parents in respect of the same.
* Specific Issue and Prohibited Steps: A Specific Issue Order is exactly that – it is where the Court determines something specific about your child. Nationwide Barristers have experience of such cases, which may include, the change of a child’s first name or surname; what school a child should attend; religious differences; and taking children o holiday for example. A Prohibitive Steps Order prevents someone from doing something concerning a child. Such Orders can prevent children being removed from the country; restrict religious practice and restrict who they come into contact with, for example.
* Parental Responsibility: In circumstances where, for example a father seeks to obtain Parental Responsibility (PR) as he was not named on a child’s birth certificate, the Court can make an Order granting him PR.
* Removal from the Jurisdiction: If a parent with PR wants to move their child abroad permanently (out of the jurisdiction of the UK), the written consent of the other parent is required if they also have PR.