Child Issues

Child Issues

One of the main legal issues that affects children is the breakdown of their parents’ relationship.  For both the parents and children there may be worries over contact and residency, concerns over child maintenance, or confusion about the separation process and how to resolve parental disputes.

There are also other issues in respect of children where you may be looking for legal advice. For example, you may be an unmarried father and want confirmation of your rights and responsibilities in respect of your child, or a parent worried about potential abduction of your child by the other parent.

Also if you are considering adoption, fostering or surrogacy, you will need to know about any legal processes and implications before you go ahead.  Or you may have practical and educational issues such as placing requests for school or bullying, or concerns over who would look after your child if something happened to you.

How can Thorntons help?

At Thorntons Family Law we are on hand with clear, supportive advice for both parents and children (depending on their age and ability to instruct us) on any legal issue affecting children.  

In relation to separation, we can advise you on the different options and the steps required to agree matters between you and your ex-partner.  We can also assist you in preparing a written agreement if required.

As a child, you may feel old enough to express your views in respect of these matters.  The general age for this is aged 12 or over but that is not a fixed rule.  You may feel that your voice is not being heard.  We can take instructions from you and make your views known to your parents and/or their solicitor.  This may help your parents to reach an agreement.

At Thorntons Family Law, we offer an initial free no-obligation chat over the phone to outline your options and the possible costs.

Depending on your case and circumstances, the next step is to come into one of our local offices to meet a Family Law Solicitor about your case and the way forward.

Call us on 03330 430 150 for a chat or contact us to book an appointment.

How much will it cost?

We are always clear to clients about the potential costs of any option and offer a range of payment options.  In some cases we can offer clients a fixed price package.  If we cannot offer a fixed price service, we charge based on the time we spend on your case, including meetings, emails, phone calls and court representations.  Depending on your case and circumstances, you may also need to cover outlays, such as court costs or payments to independent experts. We will set out our fees and likely extra costs for you at the start and keep you informed of any possible changes as your case progresses.

Please note we do not offer Legal Aid for this service.

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Useful Services

Our other clients have found the following information helped support them while dealing with child related issues.

Adoption Law


Changing a Child's Name

Child Abduction

Child Contact

Child Maintenance

Custody of Children

Fathers' Rights


Grandparents' Rights

Guardianship of Children

IVF and Assisted Reproduction

Shared Parental Leave


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