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At Grayfords, our child custody solicitors, who specialise in child support law, understand the importance of prioritizing your children’s well-being during a divorce or separation. Our team of specialists, experienced in child custody for fathers and child custody for mothers, is dedicated to helping you achieve exactly that.

We have extensive experience and expertise in all child matters, including visitation, residency, and maintenance. Our family solicitors work tirelessly to protect your rights as a parent and ensure that your family is taken care of. We understand the significance of parental access rights and can guide you on how to get custody of your child.

Whether you need assistance with paperwork, negotiation, or court representation, our child custody lawyers are here to help. At Grayfords, we provide personalized legal solutions tailored to your unique needs, including matters related to parental responsibility.

Don’t let the stress of child custody issues overwhelm you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our child custody lawyers, who specialise in child support law, child custody for fathers, child custody for mothers, and parental access rights. Take the first step towards securing your family’s future.

We handle the broad issues concerning child matters, including:

  • Civil Partnership Dissolution and Separation
  • Pension Sharing
  • Child Custody Matters
  • Asset Discovery and Protection
  • Financial Settlements
  • and Property Ownership

Frequently asked questions

Grayfords solicitors can advise you on the process of deciding on child residence and contact arrangements (also known as custody). We can help by negotiating with the other parent, making applications to court and advocating on your behalf.

Whatever your concern, we are always ready to act. Our solicitors are expert negotiators and have immense experience in child custody cases, which means that they are more than equipped to secure the outcome you deserve.

Parental Responsibility refers the legal authority to make decisions which relate to a child’s upbringing. “An individual who has been granted Parental Responsibility is to be considered the parent of the child.

Determining and providing for the child’s education, determining the child’s religion and consenting to the child’s medical treatment or marriage are among the many important rights and duties of individuals assigned this responsibility.

Firstly, legal responsibility should not be confused with legal parenthood, which can only be held by two individuals at any given time. During a child’s minority, different individuals can hold Parental Responsibility, and while a court can award it to or remove it from someone, the same is not true for legal parenthood.

Parental Responsibility is automatically conferred on all mothers as well as on the person married or civilly partnered to the mother at the time of the child’s birth. An unmarried parent can also acquire it if the same is named on a child’s birth certificate, through later agreements between parents, or through a Court Order.

As such, Parental responsibility is automatic if the child’s parents are married, while step-parents are able to acquire it either with the consent of both parents or as a result of a Court Order.

It should be noted that Parental Responsibility does not affect succession, citizenship or domicile.

Current laws unfortunately do not specify automatic rights that should be granted to grandparents when it comes to visiting and spending time with their grandchildren. As such, child contact involving grandparents will need to be agreed on by individuals holding Parental Responsibility.

Nevertheless, this is not to say that following a complicated divorce, grandparents will be unable to see their grandchildren. At Grayfords, we understand the special bond that grandparents and grandchildren tend to hold, and we want to help maintain it, if possible.

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Regular Catch-up Strategies

At Grayfords, we understand the importance of developing effective strategies to achieve the desired outcomes for our clients in family law and private client law matters. That's why we prioritise regular catch-up strategies to ensure that your case is handled efficiently and aligned with your goals. 

As experienced family and private client lawyers, and strategy experts, we recognise that every case is unique and requires a tailored approach. Through regular catch-up sessions, we engage in open and collaborative discussions with our clients to gain a thorough understanding of their objectives, concerns, and preferences. These ‘catch-ups’ allow us to assess the progress of your case, identify any evolving needs or challenges, and adjust our strategies accordingly. We are also then able to put in place any personal support our clients may need should they wish to avail themselves of our coaching and therapy & mental health services at any point during their legal matter.

By maintaining regular communication, we can provide you with updates on the status of your case, share important information, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This proactive approach ensures that you are actively involved in the decision-making process and empowers you to make informed choices throughout the legal proceedings. 

Our aim is to ensure that your case is being handled in the most efficient and effective way possible. Through our regular catch-up strategies, we can evaluate the success of our current strategies, make necessary adjustments, and optimise our approach to maximise the chances of achieving a favourable outcome for you. 

At Grayfords, we value your input and understand that your goals are essential to the success of your case. Our commitment to regular catch-up strategies reflects our dedication to providing personalised and client-centered legal services. By working together, we can create a strong partnership and develop strategies that align with your vision and aspirations. 

Strategic Partnerships​

At Grayfords, we believe in the power of strategic partnerships to enhance the quality and efficiency of our legal services. We understand that legal matters often require expertise in various specialised areas, and that's why we have established strong relationships with trusted and renowned specialists in both family law, private client law, and therapy and mental health support.

Our strategic partnerships enable us to provide a streamlined and comprehensive legal service to our clients. When your case requires consultation or assistance in specific areas of the law, we have the resources and connections to quickly and efficiently engage the right experts. 

Whether it's a complex family law issue or a multifaceted private client law matter, our network of trusted specialists allows us to draw upon their knowledge and experience to provide the best possible advice and representation for our clients. These partnerships ensure that we can offer comprehensive solutions that address all aspects of your case, providing you with a holistic approach to your legal (and personal) needs. 

By collaborating with specialists in various legal fields, we can navigate intricate legal challenges more effectively, saving you time, effort, and potential complications. Our commitment to strategic partnerships means that we stay informed about the latest developments in family law and private client law, ensuring that our advice and strategies are up-to-date and relevant. 

At Grayfords, we value the importance of offering a well-rounded legal service to our clients. Our strategic partnerships enable us to tap into a wealth of expertise and resources, ultimately enhancing the quality and effectiveness of our services. You can trust that we have the necessary connections to consult with specialists whenever needed, ensuring that every aspect of your case is addressed with proficiency and efficiency while also supporting you on a personal level as needed.

Time for you

At Grayfords, we understand the value of time, and we prioritise our clients by ensuring that they receive the attention and support they need throughout their legal journey. Unlike other family law and firms, we never claim to be too busy for our clients. We believe that effective communication is essential, and our team is always accessible and responsive to your needs.

Whether you have a question, or concern, or need an update on your case, our dedicated team of family law and private client law experts will be readily available to assist you. We go the extra mile to ensure that you can reach us conveniently and promptly. You can count on us to answer your calls or reply to your messages on platforms like WhatsApp, enabling efficient and effective communication.

Our commitment to internal collaboration and dynamism ensures that there is always someone available to address your family law or private client law case. We understand that legal matters can be time-sensitive, and we strive to provide timely and accurate advice. You can rely on our team's collective knowledge and expertise to guide you through the complexities of family law and private client law.

At Grayfords, we recognise that your time is valuable, and we respect that by being responsive, accessible, and dedicated to your case. We prioritise open and transparent communication, keeping you informed and involved every step of the way. You can trust that we will dedicate the necessary time and attention to your legal matters, ensuring that you feel supported and well taken care of.

Specialised Service

At Grayfords, we offer a specialised range of services across both family law and private client law, tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients. With a focus on honesty, empathy, and pragmatism, we provide reliable legal advice that is designed to help our clients achieve success in their legal matters. 

In the realm of family law, we understand the emotional challenges that can arise during sensitive family disputes. Our team of experienced family law solicitors provides compassionate support and guidance throughout the process. Whether you are going through a divorce, child custody battle, or dealing with complex property division, we have the expertise to navigate these intricate matters while prioritising your best interests. 

In the field of private client law, we recognise the complexities and demands that business owners and HNWIs face in today's dynamic marketplace. Our private client law services encompass a wide range of areas including wealth planning, asset management, trusts, wills, probate, and lasting powers of attorney. We aim to be your trusted legal partner, offering strategic advice and solutions that align with your commercial objectives as you navigate your family matter. 

At Grayfords, we believe in fostering long-term exceptional working relationships with our clients. Our dedicated team goes above and beyond to understand your unique circumstances and provide tailored legal solutions that anticipate your individual needs. We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding personal service level, ensuring that you feel supported and informed throughout your legal journey.  

Our ultimate goal is to alleviate the pressure and stress often associated with legal matters. We are committed to guiding you through the complexities of family law and private client law, allowing you to focus on what matters most to you. Trust Grayfords to provide you with the specialised legal services you deserve, backed by our expertise, integrity, and dedication to your success.