Our expertise includes:
- Voluntary parenting agreements covering matters like where children will live most of the time and how much time they will spend with each parent
- Child Arrangements Orders – to decide things like where children will live and who they should have contact with
- Specific Issue Orders – to make a specific decision about a child’s upbringing, such as where they should go to school
- Prohibited Steps Orders – to prevent someone with parental responsibility making a particular decision in relation to a child, such as to stop your partner taking your child to live abroad
- Parental Responsibility
Every parent hopes that if their relationship ends, they will be able to make future arrangements with their ex-partner in relation to the children without the involvement of solicitors or the courts. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and parents sometimes need advice in relation to the law in this area and how they approach resolving matters in the best interests of their children.
Our specialist family law experts have experience in all aspects of private children law. We can help our clients agree whether the children will remain living with them or whether they will have regular contact with their children - either weekend visits and/or over-night contact. We can also help clients obtain contact with their children if there has been a break down in contact over a longer period of time.
Sometimes it may also be necessary to make a court application in relation to specific issues, such as whether the parent with whom the children are living is permitted to move out of the local area, issues in respect of choosing a school, to whether a parent is permitted to change a child's name or their children's religion.
Gepp Solicitors are dedicated to advising and representing parents on all of the above matters. We will pay attention to your individual circumstances and needs and then we will discuss all of your options with you thoroughly. We will ensure that the advice we give to you will always be in the best interests of the children. We always try to encourage parents to agree on child care arrangements either through mediation or with our assistance and we see court action as a last resort.
We recognise attending court in respect of your children is very nerve-racking and so we always approach matters in a reassuring manner to help which can help parents with the sensitive aspects of their case.
Rest assured we’ll do all we can to move things along swiftly and make the process as pain-free as possible. And above all, we’ll handle every stage with the utmost care and sensitivity.
A safe pair of hands
All of our solicitors in the family law team at Gepp Solicitors are a member of "Resolution" – a national association of family lawyers – we’re committed to helping parents put the welfare of their children at the heart of the legal decisions they make.