For many couples separating, divorcing or dissolving a civil partnership, the most traumatic aspect is deciding on the future of their children and doing what is best for them.
Most child and children custody arrangements can be agreed amicably, with one parent having custody of their child or children – called the resident parent – and the other parent playing a major role in bringing up the children, known as the non-resident parent.
Some parents may even agree on joint custody of their children, so that children as much as possible spend an equal amount of time with their children and share daily parenting duties.
There can be circumstances in divorce, separation or after dissolving a civil partnership when child custody becomes more complex – and it is then that a family will most need expert legal advice from a specialist child care lawyer to help them decide what is best for their children.
Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading children lawyers and can advise on child custody arrangements and child contact after divorce or separation, including specialised cases or more complex cases, which might involve:
Duncan Lewis child care lawyers also have acknowledged expertise in child care law and custody matters involving:
Our staff speak more than 70 languages between them and can help the parties work towards resolution of the issues in any child custody dispute in international divorce or Islamic divorce.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on child custody where one partner may be facing allegations of being an unfit parent, domestic violence or child abuse.
In cases where agreement cannot be reached between a couple, Duncan Lewis can also arrange Family Mediation to help both parties work through the issues and reach a solution, without recourse to the courts.
The courts will always take into account the welfare of the child – and will also prefer a child to have contact with both parents – so working through any differences within lawyer supported Family Mediation can help avoid traumatic court action.
Both parents can appoint their own Duncan Lewis child care lawyer to give independent legal advice at every stage of the mediation process – Duncan Lewis’ own Mediators include Resolution qualified Professional Practice Consultants.
Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel and members of the Law Society Children Panel – so our team is well placed to help you with any child custody issues.
Duncan Lewis children lawyers offer a fixed fee for an initial client interview and assessment of a private child custody matter.
After a case has been assessed, it is usually possible for a fixed fee arrangement to be put in place – and Duncan Lewis will always advise clients of the costs in advance.
Duncan Lewis is also one of the UK’s largest providers of Legal Aid family law services – including child care law – and in some cases may be able to offer Legal Aid funding for child care cases, including help with the costs of applying for court orders if a client is on benefits or has a low income.
Duncan Lewis children lawyers always advise clients who are seeking help with child care matters – or who are in dispute over child custody arrangements – to get in touch as soon as possible before the situation escalates.
Once you have contacted Duncan Lewis, we can act swiftly in any child care matter and put in place measures to help resolve the issues and prevent further dispute and/or legal costs mounting up.
For expert legal advice on all child care matters – including child custody arrangements – contact Duncan Lewis Children Lawyers on 020 7923 4020.