Parental responsibility relates to the legal rights and authority that a person has for their children. A person needs parental responsibility to make life decisions on behalf of their children such as those relating to their education, their ability to travel abroad, and receiving medical treatments.
Not all parents have parental responsibility and so it can be confusing for a parent to understand what exactly their legal rights are. Our expert child arrangement orders team in Liverpool will be on hand to provide you with detailed advice as to whether you have parental responsibility and, if so, what that means and what your rights are. They can also advise you as to how to obtain parental responsibility if you do not already have it.
Child Arrangements Orders
In circumstances where parents are in dispute when it comes to making arrangements for the children in terms of where they live and how much time they spend with each parent, it may be necessary for us to make an application for a Child Arrangements Order so that the court can provide guidance and potentially make an order which they believe in all the circumstances would be in the child’s best interests.
There is a range of options available including Child Arrangements Orders, Specific Issues Orders, and Prohibited Steps Orders.
Our expert family lawyers in Liverpool will be able to support and advise you about all of your legal options available in your particular circumstance. We can assist you in making informed decisions which we understand must be very difficult when deciding what is best for the future of your children.
Child Maintenance Law: How We Can Help
Following a divorce, dissolution, or separation, it is incredibly important to ensure that any child or children of the relationship which has now come to an end are provided for sufficiently. This provision often comes in the form of child maintenance.
Several factors influence the level of maintenance that a party is expected to pay or receive but the priority in these circumstances is always and will always be the welfare of the child or children involved.
The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has been set up to assist parties in calculating maintenance and enforcing any agreements.
However, it is usually in everyone’s best interests (including the children) to have an amicable agreement in place with flexibility so that this can be increased or decreased in the dispute if necessary.
Our specialist family law team in Liverpool can liaise with either your spouse or the Child Maintenance Service on your behalf to make progress with this matter and to alleviate the stress which will undoubtedly accompany such a dispute.
Other Child Advice
In addition to the above, our team of family lawyers in Liverpool can also assist you in relation to the following matters:-
- Grandparental rights – when you are in need of supporting or seeing your grandchildren and require the permission of the court in order to obtain an Order.
- Changing your child’s name – advising you in relation to the consent you require and completing the documentation on your behalf.
- Child maintenance – if you are in dispute with your ex-partner in relation to the amount of child maintenance that ought to be paid.
- Financial provision for children – when you require additional financial support above and beyond child maintenance from the other parent, for example, to pay school fees.
We understand that legal issues concerning children are very delicate and we, therefore, recommend, if you require further advice in this regard, you contact our friendly and experienced family law team in Liverpool city center in order that we can advise and represent you appropriately.
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