Children and Divorce

Children and Divorce

The courts do not automatically get involved when parents divorce or separate, it is felt that it is better for the parents to try and come to an agreement themselves. If the parents were married then both will have parental responsibility for a child, if they were not married then the father may not automatically have parental responsibility. Parental responsibility means all of the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his/her property.

Disagreements concerning the arrangements for bringing up children after divorce or separation can be the most heated and emotionally charged. Where appropriate we can put you in touch with Family Mediation Services but where this is not appropriate or successful in resolving your disagreements, then we can advise, and represent you in court, on all matters involving children including;

  • Contact and residence disputes
  • Parental responsibility
  • Changes of name; and
  • Child abduction<./li>

For more information on resolving children issues email .

Speak to a Divorce Specialist

Head of Family Law, Paul Milligan, is a member of Resolution and an advanced member of the Law Society Family Panel.

To make an enquiry regarding divorce, finances, children and other family law issues, make an appointment or to receive an estimated quote call 0113 243 6601, or email .