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Arrangements for Children

A constructive approach

What is involved?

A divorce or separation is a difficult time for everyone. Your first concern is likely to be about your children. After a separation, you will both continue to be parents. A co-operative, constructive approach to sorting out the arrangements for them will lay the best foundations for the children to feel settled with the new family arrangements.

In most cases, parents can reach an agreement about what is best for their children. They should always share major discussions; for example, where their child will live, which school they will go to, health issues or religious upbringing choices. If not, we can advise on the arrangements and options for successfully resolving a family dispute. Agreements reached together are more likely to work in the long term, and there is no need for the stress of court.

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Why choose Freeths?

  • We are ranked in the top tier by both the Legal 500 and Chambers for family law advice
  • Our nationally renowned family lawyers can advise on all issues relating to divorce, separation and children issues
  • You can trust our team to take a sensitive, empathetic approach to your personal situation
  • We offer advice and a constructive approach to trying to reach an agreement for you without the need to go to court dispute resolution, resolving issues without going to court
  • We have a wealth of experience in dealing with court applications, should this become necessary

Call our friendly, professional family team to find out how we can help you.

Parents are encouraged to try and agree future arrangements for their children between themselves, rather than the old method of custody and access orders from court.

Many divorcing or separating parents can now attend mediation if they have a family dispute, or if they need some help to create a Co-Parenting Plan together.

If arrangements cannot be agreed through mediation or another alternative dispute resolution option, our family lawyers can advise on court applications that may be necessary and assist you through the process.

The Children Act 1989 is the main piece of legislation dealing with family disputes about children. This legislation states that the child’s welfare is paramount. The court will also consider the child’s wishes and feelings, their physical, emotional and educational needs, the likely effect of any change in their circumstances, their age, sex and background, any harm that they have suffered, and how capable each parent is of meeting their needs.

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Meet the team

Arrangements for Children Lawyers

Tom Burgess, Associate

Tom Burgess

0845 404 1715

Claire Colbert, Partner

Claire Colbert

0845 128 6961

Diana Copestake, Partner

Diana Copestake

0845 272 5674

Gemma Nicholls-Webber, Senior Associate

Gemma Nicholls-Webber
Senior Associate

0845 404 1714

Rachael Oakes, Partner & Head pf Famoly & Platinum Client Services

Rachael Oakes

0845 128 6960

Judith Speed, Partner

Judith Speed

0845 274 6868

Joanne Thomas, Associate

Joanne Thomas

0845 404 4120


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(Chambers and Partners, 2016)

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"Having now seen Family Law in action, I am very grateful to you for your style. I am now convinced more than ever there is a right and wrong way for divorce law and you are definitely on the right side."

"Many thanks again for all your efficiency and help with my matrimonial matters. You have been absolutely brilliant. I really appreciate all your work and support."

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