Parental Rights & Responsibility

The law recognizes parents’ rights but is more essentially concerned with the child’s rights and interests – to enjoy a full and loving relationship with both parents.

We can assist with the following:

  • Child Arrangement Order – to set out formally the amount of time your child will spend with each parent
  • Parental Responsibility Order – to ensure your rights as a parent are recognized by law
  • Specific Issue Order – to ask the court to assist in making decisions concerning certain aspects of your child’s life where the other parent is unreasonably withholding consent
  • Relocation Order – to allow you to move abroad in pursuit of better employment, a better lifestyle, or simply to be with family
  • Prohibited Steps Order – to prevent the other parent from carrying out an unreasonable act, such as abduction to another country, or even temporary removal from your care and control

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Our Family Law Services

Shortlands is a boutique family law firm with over 20 years of experience in dealing with the trials and tribulations of a divorce and all family law matters. As a result, we have become the first choice of family law specialists in London.

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Our professional and highly experienced team of family lawyers can assist you in your legal matters with full respect, ensuring you maintain a private family life. For more extensive advice and information, please email or call us 02076299905 or book an initial online consultation.

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We understand that every case is different and has its own complexities. Our experts are dedicated to guiding you through the legal process with tailored solutions which work for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Talk to one another. Try to agree arrangements that best suit the children, that they will be comfortable with and that take into account their interests.

Have an initial meeting with a lawyer to explore the law and your rights. Then attempt mediation or collaboration.

If you live abroad and need to apply for a child custody order, the process will depend on your specific situation and the laws of the country where you reside.

First and foremost the Court is concerned with the Child’s interest and welfare. An arrangement will be reached that best suits the child’s welfare.

Between three to twelve months

The cost varies depending on the complexity of the case. At Shortlands we try to offer fixed fees for every stage of the process.

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