Children’s needs

At F Arthur Jones, we understand how important it is to choose the right solicitor to represent you in disputes about the arrangements for your children.

Our family solicitor, Cheryl Hennesey, is known not only for her empathy but also for her proactive skills which ensure children’s needs are always placed first and staunchly defended.

We offer advice in relation to the following issues;

  • Child contact (Child Arrangement Order)
  • Residence or Child Custody (Child Arrangement Order)
  • Prohibited Steps Order proceedings preventing either parent from altering the status quo whilst the Court consider future arrangements
  • Specific Issue Order proceedings, for example determining issues such as schooling and holidays
  • Parental Responsibility

What are the considerations? 

The court’s decision relating to the upbringing of a child is based upon the welfare checklist which is contained within Section 1 of the Children Act 1989.

This requires the consideration of:

  • the ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in light of their age and understanding);
  • their physical, emotional and/or educational needs;
  • the likely effect on them of any change in their circumstances;
  • their age, sex, background and any characteristics of theirs which the court considers relevant;
  • any harm which they have suffered or are at risk of suffering;
  • how capable each of their parents (and any other person the court considers the question to be relevant) is of meeting their needs; and
  • the range of powers available to the court in the proceedings.

The child’s welfare is the court’s paramount consideration for all proceedings under the Children Act 1989 when it considers a question of the child’s upbringing.

We, at F Arthur Jones, can assist you through this process.  Please email family@ajoneslaw.co.uk or call 01395 265668.

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