Childcare Law Solicitors

Issues relating to children present families with some of the most stressful situations of all, forcing decisions to be taken about how children should be cared for in the future.

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  • David Foster
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  • Carolyn Bawden-Frost
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We advise families on problems they may have with their local authority, relationship breakdown, substance and alcohol issues, difficult home lives, mental health issues and domestic abuse.  

Our childcare lawyers are known for their expertise in representing children, parents, guardians, grandparents, foster parents and other potential carers who face questions about their ability to care for a child.  

We work carefully and sensitively through complex issues about contact, residence, prohibited steps, jurisdictional matters and parental responsibility. You will find that we take time to explain your position clearly and then fight hard to promote your rights.

Above all, we are committed to making sure that the correct decisions are taken to protect your children’s wellbeing and your rights as a parent or guardian.

Speak to one of our childcare lawyers now by calling 0117 909 4000 or contact your local Henriques Griffiths office in Bristol or Winterbourne.

Our childcare law services

We support families all over England and Wales with a wide range of issues related to childcare.

Arrangements for children during divorce and family breakdown

Working out where your children will live and what contact they will have with a non-resident parent are often the most difficult issues to deal with during divorce and separation.

Our family lawyers can help you resolve these issues amicably wherever possible using methods such as mediation and collaborative law, or represent you in court proceedings where a voluntary agreement cannot be reached.

Social services investigations & court proceedings

If you are contacted by social services with regard to your children, it can be confusing and highly upsetting. Having the right legal advice and support from the outset is therefore essential to ensure your side of the story and interests are effectively represented, minimising the chances of your children being taken into care.

Our childcare lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with social services investigations and proceedings. We can advise you on the steps you need to take to help bring matters to an early conclusion wherever possible, minimising the stress and disruption for your family.

If court proceedings are initiated, we have the expertise you need to effectively present your case and achieve the best possible outcome. We also have strong experience in appeals all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Prohibited Steps Orders

A Prohibited Steps Order (PSO) is a court order that can be used to prevent either parent carrying out specific actions with respect to their children. They are commonly used where a parent is concerned that their child may be taken abroad without their consent.

We can help you apply for a Prohibited Steps Order and work with you and your ex-partner to resolve any concerns over your children’s upbringing.

Parental Responsibility

Establishing parental responsibility is often key to childcare issues. Someone with parental responsibility for a child has various rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority with regard to a child and the child’s properties. Having parental responsibility is therefore crucial for anyone acting as a parent or guardian of a child.

While birth mothers automatically have parental responsibility, the situation for fathers and other second parents will depend on the circumstances. Our childcare lawyers can determine whether you have parental responsibility and help you to acquire this where necessary, either by agreement with the child’s other parent or parents, or via court action where required.

Why choose Henriques Griffiths’ childcare lawyers?

Our childcare lawyers offer an empathetic, highly effective legal service for families facing childcare issues. We can help to make these often distressing situations as simple and stress-free as possible to resolve while ensuring your family’s best interests are protected at all times.

We have strong expertise in non-confrontational family dispute resolution, meaning that wherever possible we will help you find a solution without the need for court action. This can help to make things much faster and less stressful to resolve while allowing you to keep more control over the process.

However, where court proceedings are unavoidable, we have the experience and skilled advocacy you need to ensure a fair outcome for you and your children, no matter how complicated the situation.

Our childcare law team includes members of the Law Society’s Family Law and Children Law panels, while Henriques Griffiths is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for our practice management and client care. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal and professional standards.

Get in touch with our childcare law solicitors

For help with any legal aspects of childcare, please call us on 0117 909 4000 or use the links below to make an enquiry or request a call back.