Our approach to costs is open and frank. Our charges are calculated on the basis of the time we spend working on your matter. The hourly rates for the different levels of experience of our team members are competitive. Family problems and relationship breakdown can be stressful enough without the additional worry of meeting legal fees and we are often able to agree litigation funding arrangements to suit your particular needs and circumstances.
We can often help a parent or family member bring one or more of the following types of application:
- Specific issues orders
- Prohibited steps orders
- Parental responsibility orders
- Child arrangements orders
While the Court no longer grant residence orders or contact orders, we are able to assist with any concerns you may have regarding pre-existing orders.
The Court places the welfare of the child as its paramount concern when dealing with any matters concerning children and will decide whether to make any of the above orders by reference to what is known as the welfare checklist.
Wherever possible a negotiated agreement should be reached and we can assist you in this regard. The effect of court proceedings on the parties and on the children should never be underestimated.
Our solicitors are also experts in the field of international child abduction. The starting principle is that a child should be returned to his or her home country, unless special circumstances apply. The extent to which the Court will conduct a detailed analysis into the welfare of the child depends from which country the child has been removed, and so which law applies, however it is only in rare circumstances that a return is not ordered.
Sometimes it is possible to apply to the Court for an order for financial provision for a child through Schedule 1 Applications.