Children Cases

This is one of the most difficult areas of family law and one where particular skills are required to resolve issues with the minimum of conflict. It is a subject that requires experience and sensitivity on the part of your adviser.

We will always look at the bigger picture with you and guide you in a way that reduces animosity and tries to build a stable platform for your child to flourish, avoiding the negative effects of your relationship breakdown, as far as possible. We deal with a whole range of children’s issues:

Child Abduction

Reuniting parents with children who have been removed / representing the parent who has removed the child. James Dunn is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in this area.

Relocation

This is when one parent is planning to relocate a child within the courts’ jurisdiction of England and Wales (internal relocation) or abroad (international relocation). We can advise and represent you whether you are the parent wanting to relocate your family or the parent hoping to prevent the relocation.

Child Arrangements

This is the umbrella term that encompasses the previous terms of Residence and Contact (and before that the terms of Custody and Access). The courts will now talk in terms of who the child should live with and what time they should spend with each parent.

Parental Responsibility

The right to decide and be consulted on important aspects of a child’s life

Prohibited Steps Orders

Orders preventing one parent from doing something

Specific Issue Orders

Orders governing a particular area of concern such as where a child should go to school or what medical treatment should be given

Special Guardianship

Order of the court granting rights to a non-parent and authorising them to care for a child without severing legal ties with the birth family

Adoption

Please see our Child Care Law section for more information


There are other issues that we can assist with such as changing your child’s name.

We feel that parents should consider trying to resolve any differences by constructive dialogue directly or via solicitors or in mediation. We acknowledge that is not always possible and we are there to advise, support mediation or take legal action as you require.