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When you are experiencing problems in your relationship, your children are often your main concern. During a separation, you are still a parent and it is necessary that your child is able to adjust to a new situation with support. It is important that you can find a practical, workable solution in disputes over children that often arise in the process of divorce or separation.

At Brighton & Hove Law, we can work with you to ensure that your child’s needs are prioritised, with the aim of minimising the effects of the separation on their wellbeing. We are experienced in dealing with a wide range of issues relating to children, and recognise the need to deal with them sensitively. Please contact us if you think you need assistance in disputes over your child during this process.

How can any disputes be resolved?

It is better for any dispute about a child to be resolved voluntarily, which is the conclusion we aim to come to. However, it sometimes becomes necessary for issues to be determined by a judge. A court may make an order that will vary dependent on what the dispute is, and we can advise you based on the specific circumstances of your situation. These orders may be:

  • Child arrangement order
  • Parental responsibility order
  • Prohibited steps order
  • Specific issue order
  • Orders made in relation to a child’s passport

If you think that your child may be at risk of being removed permanently from your jurisdiction, please contact us urgently so emergency prohibited steps orders can be put in place for protection.

If you are involved with social services, or your child is being taken into care, please see elsewhere on our website for more information.

Client Testimonials

Brighton and Hove, and particularly Samantha Barker, come highly recommended. The work that Samantha puts into her client’s case is unbelievable- the preparation and attention to detail is second to none

Marc Newsom, Senior Practice Manager

Hello Lucy,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for all your brilliant advice. I don’t think I would have got through it all without your support. I will certainly recommend you to anyone who needs an excellent solicitor.

Ms K – Brighton

I would just like to say from me and my family that you are amazing. From beginning to end you have been fantastic. We can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to help us in achieving our goals. Thank you for everything I really can’t put into the words my true feelings of joy.

Mr H

Thank you for all your help through my divorce. It has truly been an incredibly stressful ordeal, much more than I ever thought it would be. What I originally thought would be a simple and even quick divorce and parting of the ways, turned into something really quite different and ugly. However, you have kept me updated through the whole procedure, explained my options to me and the process. Some of which not always clear to me so thank you for your patience. You have also been mindful of costings of which I am grateful. Your attention to detail was also very reassuring, especially at a times when I just wanted the whole thing to be over.
So again, thank you.

Mrs W – Brighton 

It is always a pleasure to receive a brief from Jennifer Lynch and Lucy Gregory. They are detailed and helpful which greatly assists in the through prep of a case. Their robust approach and collaborative working is reassuring for clients and energising to work with.

Sarah Dummett and Ellie Chapman provide a first class, client focused service. Their advice and approach is accessible while robust.

Ayisha Robertson, Barrister

Sarah Dummett goes well beyond the extra mile every time. Her clients are really well supported and guided by her as they navigate their way through the often challenging legal process.

Gerardine Buckley, Barrister

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your services, advice and much help you gave me this year. You were very kind and patient with me Lucy and I could not have got through it without you.

Ms C

It is a breath of fresh air to encounter such a dedicated and experienced Family Law Team at Brighton and Hove Law who service a broad spectrum of family work, especially supporting and advising parents whose children are subject to public law proceedings. Their dedication to clients who require special care, support and protection is unrivalled. As part of that team, Samantha Barker shows a real depth of experience and knowledge of family law and will pursue cases boldly and vigorously often achieving positive results which at the outset looked very unlikely.

Mark Love, Head of Chambers

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