Children and Parental Responsibility

The Children Act gives both parents Parental Responsibility (where married or registered on the birth certificate) – legal responsibility for their children which will not be lost upon Divorce. This means that both parents should continue to be involved in all aspects of their children’s welfare consulting upon issues such as health and education. Regrettably, there are times when parents cannot agree on these issues or generally upon the arrangements to be made for their children.

If you are involved in a disagreement about arrangements for your children, the family law team at Fraser Dawbarns can offer you help and advice. Contact us today to see how we can help you. 

Our Specialists

Daniel Sims

Solicitor - Kings Lynn

Deborah Allen

Solicitor, Senior Partner, Head of Family Department - Kings Lynn

Emma Stearman

Solicitor - Kings Lynn

Rebecca Woodley

Solicitor, Senior Associate - Downham Market

Stefanie Summers

Solicitor, Associate - Wisbech

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Children and Court Orders

Where agreement between the parents cannot be reached, there are Court Orders that can be made. The main ones being:

  • Residence
  • Contact
  • Specific Issue
  • Prohibited Steps

Arguing over which parent the child should live with (residence) or how much time they spend with the absent parent (contact) is extremely distressing not just for the parents but also the children. Application to the Court should be a last resort, but some issues relating to the capability of a parent to care for a child, do need to be investigated.

Why do some children cases go to court?

The Court Process will aim to resolve differences through Mediation negotiation and if appropriate, the appointment of a Child and Family Court Advisor who will meet with the parents and the children. Sometimes parents cannot agree on where a child should be educated or whether, for example, they can go abroad on holiday with one of the parents. The Court can assist in determining these specific issues.

Occasionally parents threaten to remove their children, and in those circumstances, we can make an immediate and urgent application to the Court for a Prohibited Steps Order. We encourage parents to resolve these types of disputes through negotiation, but if that fails we are here to fully support and represent you through the Court Process. If you would like further advise on this area of law, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family Department to discuss how we might help.


Adrian made the process straightforward and painless. We will be recommending him to others. Thank you Adrian.
Client - Wisbech Office

Why Choose Fraser Dawbarns to Help You?

Pricing Options

In more complex cases that are beyond the scope of the fixed fee service, we offer a choice of pricing options to our clients. By offering the choice between undertaking work on either a fixed fee basis or at an hourly rate, we give you the freedom to select the pricing option that best suits your needs.

Giving you Total peace of Mind

We offer our clients the expert and comprehensive legal advice that they are entitled to expect. We also provide our clients with support, a sympathetic ear and peace of mind during what is a very difficult and emotional time. 

Contact Us Today

Our team will help you from the beginning of your case to the end, giving you total peace of mind. If you would like friendly, client focused advice on a wide range of legal issues, get in touch and see how we can help you.

Call or email us today and find out how we can make your life easier. 

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