Children Law

What is Children Law?

Children law is an umbrella term that covers all proceedings in relation to children and their welfare. It is largely governed by the Children Act 1989. Children Law includes the following:

Our approach

We are committed to providing a child-focused approach, whether we are representing parents, children or other family members. Our advice is realistic, sensible and backed by knowledge and experience, many of our solicitors are accredited on the law society and Resolution specialist panels.

Contacting Us

Please get in touch using whatever method is easiest for you. You can use the form on our website, you can email us at or email the solicitor or mediator you would like to work with here directly using the email address on their profile. Alternatively, feel free to ring us on 020 7608 1227 and you will be able to speak with someone who can discuss how we can assist you.

Frequently asked questions

How long will proceedings last?

This depends on various factors including the complexity of your case and any concerns raised.

What is parental responsibility?

This is defined in S3 Children Act 1989 as ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. Generally, a person with parental responsibility can make important decisions about a child’s life and is responsible for their care.

Can I get legal aid funding?

This is case dependant but can be determined by your relationship to the child, your financial means and the merits of your case.

What type of court orders can be made regarding children?

There are a variety of orders available to the court. Examples include Child Arrangements Orders, Special Guardianship Orders and Care Orders.

Do other members of my family have a right to see my child?

They do not have an automatic right but they may make an application to the court for contact.

Who We Are

Our Children Law Team