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Our child access solicitors understand that disputes over child arrangements can be emotionally challenging for all parties involved.

Our child access solicitors provide expert legal advice and representation for parents and guardians seeking to resolve disputes over child arrangements, including custody, visitation, and relocation.

Now known as ‘child arrangement’ orders or agreements’, these documents set out where any children from the relationship will live and when they will spend time with each parent, or other significant person. Divorce or separation can be difficult for everyone, and children are no exception. Under law, the assumption is that both parents will continue a relationship with their children after divorce, unless doing so risks harm to the child.

In those cases child access may be supported, supervised, or refused in limited circumstances. However, it isn’t always just parents involved , there can be other family members who will want to maintain a relationship with the children too, such as step-parents, civil partners, grandparents and other extended family, like aunts, uncles and cousins.

As experienced child access solicitors, we can help you to navigate through this process and agree parenting arrangements in a fair way, with the aim of causing the minimum amount of disruption possible to your children. We can also work with extended family members to make child access arrangements, so that the children don’t miss out on those other important relationships after a divorce.

Joanna Farrands

Joanna Farrands

Partner | Family

01483 543223

What is child access?

Child access refers to the right of a parent to have contact with their child after a divorce or separation. Child access can be awarded to one parent, or both parents, depending on the circumstances of the case.

My former partner/spouse won’t allow me access to my child

It can be very distressing to be denied access to your children after a relationship breaks down. If your former partner denies you contact with your child or children, you should seek expert legal advice as soon as possible.

Legally, the general assumption after the breakdown of a marriage or relationship where children are involved is that both parents will maintain full and meaningful relationships with any children going forward, unless this puts them at risk of harm. If you are denied access to your child, seeking legal support can help to reinstate contact more quickly, without necessarily needing to go to court to resolve the issue.

Mediation services for child access issues

If you are unable to agree arrangements for contact with your children informally with your former partner, you may benefit from mediation services to help make a fair arrangement, with the best interests of the children at the centre. Mediation involves both parties meeting face to face [ or sometimes in separate rooms], along with an independent mediator who is there to help keep the discussion moving forward and helping to resolve any issues either party may have.

It is sometimes possible and helpful, particularly with older children, for the child or children to attend a mediation session with the mediator on their own to express their views.

At Moore Barlow, our team of expert family law solicitors includes an accredited mediator who can help you with this process.

If your former partner does not agree to attend mediation sessions, you may have to take further legal steps in order to arrange contact with your children.

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Deciding on child contact arrangements through a court

If you need to go to court to resolve contact issues, expert child access solicitors like Moore Barlow can help you at every stage of the process.

If there are concerns as to your child’s welfare or a dispute about your child’s wishes and feelings, the court may appoint a CAFCASS Officer (Children and Family Court Advisory & Support Service Officer) to make a report on what is in the best interests of your children. This part of the process may take roughly around 12-18 weeks. The recommendations of this report often have a significant influence on the arrangements that the court will settle on.

If the recommendations of this report cannot be agreed on between you and your former partner, the next step is a trial, where both parents, along with any permitted witnesses and experts, will be required to give evidence before the judge makes a final decision on the arrangements.

Why choose our child access solicitors?

Here at Moore Barlow our child access solicitors are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal representation for families navigating difficult custody and access issues. With years of experience and a deep understanding of family law, we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients and their children. We prioritise communication, transparency, and collaboration throughout the process, ensuring that our clients feel supported and empowered every step of the way. Choose our child access solicitors for expert guidance and unwavering advocacy.

How can our child access solicitors help?

If you’re looking to help your child gain access to legal assistance, our child access solicitors are a great option. Our professionals specialise in helping children navigate legal issues related to family law, such as custody battles and visitation rights. With our expertise, your child can receive guidance and support throughout the legal process, ensuring that their voice is heard and their interests are protected. Contact our child access solicitors today to learn more about how we can help your family.

We have offices in LondonRichmondSouthamptonGuildfordLymington and Woking, and offer specialist family law support to clients up and down the country. Contact us to find out more.

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Frequently asked questions

What does a child access solicitor do?

A child access solicitor specialises in legal matters concerning child custody and visitation rights. They help parents navigate the legal process in cases where there is disagreement or conflict over the arrangements for a child’s access to both parents following a separation or divorce.

If you are being denied access to your child, you can consider the following steps:

  1. Communicate with the other parent about the issue and attempt to resolve it amicably.
  2. If unsuccessful, seek assistance from a mediator or family counsellor.
  3. Consult with an attorney to understand your legal rights and options.
  4. File a motion in family court to enforce your visitation or custody rights.

The cost of going to court for child access can vary depending on the specific circumstances and location. However, it generally involves legal fees, which can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Additionally, there may be costs associated with filing fees, court documents, and any necessary expert witnesses.

Yes, a solicitor specialising in family law can help you navigate the legal process to obtain full custody of your child. Their expertise in the field will ensure that you understand your rights, can present a strong case, and receive the best possible outcome for your custody dispute.

Yes, you may be eligible for legal aid to help you fight for access to your child. You should contact your local legal aid office or a family law attorney to discuss your situation and see if you qualify for assistance.

Yes, a parent can be refused access to their child if there are legal circumstances such as a court order, protective order, or if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the child’s safety and well-being.

About the Moore Barlow family team

We are experts in family and divorce law, providing sensitive, empathetic and experienced advice upon the breakdown of relationships and child related matters.

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