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Children

At Terrells we understand that it can be stressful making arrangements in relation to children and that tensions are often running high.  We have specialist family lawyers to advise you and help to resolve the issues.

We can advise on the following:-

  • Child Arrangements Orders (formerly known as residence and contact orders)
  • Parental Responsibility Agreement/Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders

Before applying for such orders a person must normally attend a family mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM).

For further information with regard to the process of applying for one of these orders, please click here to download our factsheet on this topic.

Child Arrangements Order

If you cannot agree with whom your child should live or how much time you should spend with them, we can assist you on a fixed fee basis.  The options available are as follows:-

Option A

£500.00 plus VAT – this will include the following:-

  • Initial advice appointment
  • Up to two further meetings
  • Up to five letters to negotiate with regards to the arrangements
  • Referral to Mediation, where appropriate
  • Consideration of whether a Court application is necessary

If matter cannot be resolved by way of negotiation or mediation, then consideration should be given to making an application to the Court.

Option B

£1,250.00 plus VAT – this will include the following:-

  • Advice in relation to the Court process and considerations of the Court
  • Drafting the application
  • Issuing the application into Court
  • Arranging for service of the application
  • Representation at the initial Court Hearing

Option C

If you have been served with papers in relation to a Children Act application and are therefore the respondent in court proceedings, we can assist you for £750.00 plus VAT – this will include the following:-

  • Initial advice appointment
  • Completion of the Acknowledgment of Service
  • Representation at the first Court hearing

The price of any additional Court hearings will be charged at £500.00 plus VAT.This does not include Finding of Fact and contested hearings.There will also be additional costs for any work required in the interim period.These costs can be discussed directly with the Solicitor dealing with your matter.

Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility is governed by Part 1 Section 3 of the Children Act 1989 and it describes all the rights and duties that parents have towards their children.  It refers to the right to be included in decisions about a child’s upbringing, such as relating to education, health and religion.  A mother automatically has Parental Responsibility.  A father also has Parental Responsibility automatically if married to the mother when the child was born or by jointly registering the child’s birth (after 1 December 2003).  If neither of these situations apply, a father can acquire Parental Responsibility by entering into a formal Parental Responsibility Agreement with the mother or by making an application to the Court. If a Child Arrangements Order has been applied for the Court must consider making a Parental Responsibility Order at that time.

Option A

If parental responsibility is agreed between you and the other parent, we can assist you for £200.00 plus VAT – this will include the following:-

  • Initial advice appointment
  • Drafting the Agreement and obtaining signature
  • Lodging the Agreement with the Court
  • Sending you a sealed copy of the Agreement

This does not include the following:-

  • Obtaining the consent of the other parent/entering into negotiations

Option B

If it is necessary to make an application for a Parental Responsibility Order and this is the only issue you have, we can assist you for £1,250.00 plus VAT – this will include the following:-

  • Initial advice appointment
  • Advice in relation to the Court process and considerations of the Court
  • Drafting the application
  • Issuing the application into Court
  • Arranging for service of the application
  • Representation at the initial Court Hearing

Change of Name Deeds

Should you wish to change your surname or first name or both, or for your child, we can draft a Change of Name Deed to reflect this change.

£100.00 plus VAT – this will include the following:-

  • Initial advice appointment
  • Drafting the Deed for your approval
  • Obtaining your signature of the same
  • Providing certified copies for you to take to the relevant organisations

Please note, should you wish to obtain a Change of Name Deed in respect of a child, consent must be obtained from each person who has Parental Responsibility for that child.

Eligibility Guidelines

There should be no international aspects to your case.

The fixed fee price structure will be offered on a case by case basis.  Therefore if we do not consider that you case is suitable for the fixed fee structure, we will advise you within 14 days from instruction.

The fixed fee structure does not include the following:-

  • Court fee
  • Travel costs
  • Process Server fee
  • Experts fees/Interpreter fee
  • Costs Orders

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact Lucy Terrell