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There are few areas of the law more sensitive than those involving the care of children. During times of stress and disruption, such as divorce and separation, it’s important that disputes are quickly resolved and arrangements in the best interest of the children are put in place.

Where parents cannot agree over matters such as access, responsibility or living arrangements, it can be difficult to reach a positive solution.

We know that practical legal advice combined with sensitivity and understanding is essential when your child is at the heart of the matter.

Based in York and Lincoln, and with significant nationwide experience, our Child Law solicitors deal with all areas of the law relating to children, providing expert support and guidance to achieve the very best outcome for you and your family.

Child living arrangements

There is nothing more important than establishing where your child will live. Our expert Child Law team works with parents to achieve the best outcome.

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Disputes over a child’s information

From a child’s name to the decisions regarding their education or medical treatment, it’s important to seek expert legal advice about your rights and responsibilities. We can provide clear guidance.

CAFCASS and Social Services Reports

Where there is a concern about whether it’s safe for contact to take place, CAFCASS or Social Services will often investigate and produce a report. We can help advise what this means for you and your family.

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Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility gives you the right to be consulted on decisions regarding your children’s education or medical treatment. However, if you are not married to the child’s mother or named on the birth certificate, you may not have these rights.

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Moving abroad and child abduction

If you’re thinking of moving your family abroad or are worried about maintaining contact with your children if they no longer live in the UK, we can explain the steps you can take.

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Emergency orders

There are certain situations where emergency orders might be needed to help keep your child safe. We can provide sensitive and practical advice, quickly, to ensure your child is protected.

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Paternity Disputes

Where there is question over paternity, it’s important to seek advice. Our experienced team can provide guidance on the DNA testing process and what to do once you have the results.

Care proceedings

If your child has been taken into care or Social Services are threatening this, our experienced team can offer practical advice and guidance.

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Adoption

From adoption as part of care proceedings to step-parent adoption, we are experienced in taking parents through the process, offering advice you on when adoption may be appropriate and explaining the court procedure.

Special guardianship

Special Guardianships are usually granted when social services or the Court think that it would be safer for the child to live with someone other than their parents. Our Child Law team has a wealth of knowledge in this area.

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What our Child Law clients say

They are described as "absolutely excellent" by an interviewee who notes that "calls were always returned promptly" and "the lawyers were all very understanding."

Chambers 2020

They provide prompt and personal attention with a practical approach.

Legal 500, 2020

The team at Langleys works well together and is very professional, competent and knowledgeable about the individual cases. Its support is excellent.

Legal 500, 2020

A very professional firm, offering a first-class service to their clients.

Legal 500, 2020

A large firm which manages to behave and feel like a small firm with a personal touch.

Legal 500, 2020

They listen much more than they talk, which I always think is a very good sign.

Legal 500, 2020

They are a very professional and competent team. Their administrative support is very good and there is always someone to help. They also have a very clear and transparent account management service.

Chambers 2019

The team is polite and courteous, smart and efficient, kind and caring, and extremely competent. The lawyers gave me a great sense of being in the right place for the job in hand.

Chambers 2019

They have strength in depth and handle the whole spectrum of family law from high net worth financial remedy work through to children cases.

Chambers 2019

They are client-focused and sensitive to their clients' needs, but also robust.

Chambers 2019

Thanks for your letter and apologies for not being in touch sooner. Everything is resolved and I really appreciate your advice and also the gesture of good will. Your candour and focus on ensuring I knew the likely outcome made a real difference to a very stressful situation.

Our connections

Our Child Law solicitors can put you in contact with local agencies. We have links with:

  • Addaction
  • Citizen's Advice Bureau
  • Home Start
  • IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services)
  • Rayner
  • Shelter
  • Sure Start
  • Women's Aid

Child Law accreditations

Members of the Child Law team are proud to hold the industry’s most valued memberships and accreditations, demonstrating our commitment to the highest standard of legal care.

  • Law Society Children Law Panel
  • Resolution

How can we help?

Wherever you are, whatever your requirements, we’re here to help. Please complete the enquiry form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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