Franklins’ child law services in Milton Keynes & Northampton
Our child law solicitors in Milton Keynes and Northampton regularly help families with a wide range of legal matters involving children, including those related to divorce and separation, as well as adoption and other child law issues.
Where your children will live can be one of the most contentious issues to resolve. With whom the children reside is a critical decision to be made and it is important to sort this out quickly to give your children certainty and stability over the future. Establishing a parent’s rights to have contact with their children is also key to ensure parent-child relationships are maintained.
Wherever possible, we will try to help you agree these issues and, where necessary, we can apply to a court for Orders to determine where your children will live and associated contact arrangements. You can also avoid Court involvement by agreeing the terms of a Parenting Plan.
You have a duty to provide financially for your children if they do not reside with you. You have the option to voluntarily agree maintenance payments with your ex-partner where required or you can allow the Child Maintenance Service to decide this for you.
If your ex-partner is failing to pay the agreed child maintenance, we can help you take action to enforce payment so you can ensure your children get the support they need.
Parental Responsibility Orders
Having ‘parental responsibility’ gives you the legal right to be involved in decisions about your child’s life. While a child’s birth mother will normally have parental responsibility automatically, whether any other parents have this or not will depend on the circumstances.
We can help you understand your legal rights as a parent and apply for a Parental Responsibility Order where required.
If you are concerned about your child’s safety or that the other parent may attempt to remove them from the country without your agreement, there are various options we can pursue on your behalf.
When adopting a child, prospective parents are required to go through a variety of stages including certain evaluations and legal procedures. This process can take time and in certain cases may be affected by previous legal proceedings that in some way involve the child.
Although we understand that it can be difficult, our belief is that negotiation and amicable agreement is the best way to achieve a positive outcome. This process can be used by your lawyer as a pathway to establish clear agreements relating to contact, residence and parental responsibility away from the expense and stress of court.
In many cases, disputes over children can be effectively resolved through mediation. This involves both parents meeting with one of our trained, neutral mediators to discuss the issues and options in a non-confrontational way. The mediator can ensure that the discussions are constructive and facilitate a mutually acceptable agreement over arrangements for your children. This is often the fastest, most cost-effective and least acrimonious way to resolve disputes involving children.
Our expertise in child law
Franklins Solicitors has been assisting families across the East Midlands and South East England with legal issues involving children for over 30 years. With more than 100 staff spread across our offices in Northampton and central Milton Keynes, we have the skills and experience to ensure a positive outcome for you and your family.
We pride ourselves on being one of the most technologically advanced firms of solicitors in the country. Offering a combination of traditional legal expertise and the latest innovations, we provide a truly modern approach to the law.
We are accredited to ISO 9001 standard and Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. We are also a recognised Investor in People. These attainments reflect our commitment to providing excellence as standard, not as an exception.
Get in touch with our expert child law solicitors in Milton Keynes & Northampton
Need help resolving a legal issue involving your children? Contact our expert child law solicitors by calling Naomi Evans on 01604 828282 or click on the “next step” button below to request a call back.