Child Arrangements

Obtaining the best expert advice is extremely important in matters involving children.

The breakdown of a relationship is believed to be amongst the most stressful experiences a person will go through in their life.

The situation can be further complicated, becoming even more emotional, in cases where children are involved.

Parents will understandably want to clarify where they stand legally regarding child arrangements, along with the position of other family members, such as grandparents.

If parents are able to reach their own agreement, it is not usually necessary for the courts to interfere in the arrangements that they have made.

Unfortunately, there are often occasions where parents are unable to agree on the best way forward.

In these cases, it is initially necessary for parents to consider the use of mediation as a way to help them discuss the issues and hopefully to help them reach an agreement, without the need to involve the courts in their family lives.

For more information regarding mediation, please visit our dedicated mediation service, Hethertons Mediation.

Where is it not possible for parents to reach their own decisions regarding the current and future arrangements for their children, the matter can be dealt with at the local Family court. At court, a Judge of the Family court is able to make a decision in the best interests of the child(ren). An order of the court is legally binding and both parents must comply with it.

The most important piece of legislation in cases of this kind is the Children Act. The laws involved are complicated and given the emotionally-charged nature of these matters, it is important that you seek expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

For further information, please contact Hethertons’ family law team today.

Family Law Team

What Our Clients Say

Ms B, York

"I was completely happy with the service provided by Hethertons. Everything was explained to me clearly and in a respectful manner, and I was kept informed of progress made."
2017-01-20T14:41:33+00:00
"I was completely happy with the service provided by Hethertons. Everything was explained to me clearly and in a respectful manner, and I was kept informed of progress made."

Ms Q, York

"We were completely satisfied with everything especially the way things were explained in 'plain English'"
2017-01-09T13:29:30+00:00
"We were completely satisfied with everything especially the way things were explained in 'plain English'"

Mrs S, York

"Hethertons Solicitors handled my mediation in a sensitive and unbiased way. He managed to put me at ease and alleviate many of my worries in potentially painful circumstances."
2017-03-20T17:15:48+00:00
"Hethertons Solicitors handled my mediation in a sensitive and unbiased way. He managed to put me at ease and alleviate many of my worries in potentially painful circumstances."

Mr T, York

“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank Hethertons Solicitors for helping throughout this difficult period for both my ex-wife and myself. Hethertons Solicitors was very professional and very skillful in the way that he dealt with the mediation.”
2016-06-20T11:03:47+00:00
“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank Hethertons Solicitors for helping throughout this difficult period for both my ex-wife and myself. Hethertons Solicitors was very professional and very skillful in the way that he dealt with the mediation.”

Mr S, York

"Hethertons Solicitors has guided me through a very difficult separation and divorce over the last year. He has given pragmatic advice in clear English with patience and empathy."
2015-07-10T15:01:10+00:00
Alister Jones has guided me through a very difficult separation and divorce over the last year. He has given pragmatic advice in clear English with patience and empathy.

Mr S, York

"I would like to thank Mr. Nellar who did a great job but also the rest of the team who were always happy to help."
2015-09-29T10:21:54+00:00
"I would like to thank Mr. Nellar who did a great job but also the rest of the team who were always happy to help."

Mrs C, York

"I found Hethertons advice and counsel caring towards me as your client and extremely professional."
2015-07-10T15:04:58+00:00
"I found Hethertons advice and counsel caring towards me as your client and extremely professional."

Ms S, York

"Simon provides extremely wise counsel and a calm head in what can be difficult negotiations. In the 5 years Simon has acted for me, he has always delivered the best result possible and I am extremely grateful for his dedication and hard work in my legal affairs."
2017-07-26T11:36:17+00:00
"Simon provides extremely wise counsel and a calm head in what can be difficult negotiations. In the 5 years Simon has acted for me, he has always delivered the best result possible and I am extremely grateful for his dedication and hard work in my legal affairs."

Ms C, York

"After my first meeting I felt as though I was in safe hands and I could trust Hethertons Solicitors. I was helped to put things into perspective which helped clear my mind of all the unimportant issues. "
2015-07-10T16:08:53+00:00
"After my first meeting I felt as though I was in safe hands and I could trust Hethertons Solicitors. I was helped to put things into perspective which helped clear my mind of all the unimportant issues. "

Mr M, York

"The help provided by Hethertons was invaluable and extremely supportive during difficult and somewhat traumatic times."
2017-05-22T15:12:06+00:00
"The help provided by Hethertons was invaluable and extremely supportive during difficult and somewhat traumatic times."

Mr G, York

"Big thank you to the team at Hethertons for the sound advice, guidance and support I received at a very hard time in mine and my children's lives."
2015-07-10T15:04:02+00:00
"Big thank you to the team at Hethertons for the sound advice, guidance and support I received at a very hard time in mine and my children's lives."

Mr H, York

"Hethertons Solicitor have provided there most professional advice and help in making my divorce painless over the last 2 years."
2017-01-09T13:19:03+00:00
"Hethertons Solicitor have provided there most professional advice and help in making my divorce painless over the last 2 years."

Mr W, London

"Excellent advice and service that we appreciated."
2017-07-19T10:24:44+00:00
"Excellent advice and service that we appreciated."

Ms S, Harrogate

"I would definitely use the services again if needed."
2017-05-08T15:32:22+00:00
"I would definitely use the services again if needed."

Mr P, York

"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"
2015-07-10T15:04:40+00:00
"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"

Ms B, York

"Everyone we have dealt with at Hethertons has been of the same class of excellent customer service and attention to detail."
2016-05-05T11:37:41+00:00
"Everyone we have dealt with at Hethertons has been of the same class of excellent customer service and attention to detail."

Ms L, York

"Hethertons Solicitors made me feel calm and comfortable during every step. What I thought may be a difficult process was in fact simple and smooth running."

 
2017-01-06T10:08:23+00:00
"Hethertons Solicitors made me feel calm and comfortable during every step. What I thought may be a difficult process was in fact simple and smooth running."  

Mrs L, York

"I felt Hethertons Solicitors handled everything with a real degree of compassion and never lost sight of my needs throughout."
2015-12-16T10:21:10+00:00
"I felt Hethertons Solicitors handled everything with a real degree of compassion and never lost sight of my needs throughout."