Child Custody & Law Solicitors

We provide specialist advice in relation to children issues.

Family Services

We can advise about how you can obtain Parental Responsibility for a child and make applications to the Court on your behalf under the Children Act 1989 for a Child Arrangements Order, which will address issues such as where the child is to reside and how frequently they are to see their other parent.

Our specialist Family Law Team can provide detailed advice on numerous issues relating to children.

We will provide advice on timescales for completion of work and a detailed cost estimate.

We help our clients to approach arrangements for children constructively, without having to go to court in the majority of cases.

Our expertise includes:

  • Voluntary parenting agreements- covering matters like where children will live most of the time and how much time they will spend with each parent
  • Child maintenance:
    • Voluntary child maintenance agreements
    • Using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS)
    • Child Maintenance Orders
  • Child related court orders:
    • Child Arrangements Orders– to decide things like where children will live and who they should have contact with
    • Specific Issue Orders– to make a specific decision about a child’s upbringing, such as where they should go to school
    • Prohibited Steps Orders– to prevent someone with Parental Responsibility making a particular decision in relation to a child, such as relocating.

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    Heather-Broadfield

    Heather Broadfield - Head of department

    Heather qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and has specialised in family and matrimonial law throughout her career. She joined Dootsons in 2020 having previously headed a family department at a firm in Cheshire.

    An accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel,  the accreditation is a recognised quality standard for family law practitioners who must be able to show that you have a high level of competence and knowledge in family law.

    Heather is also a member of Resolution, a national organisation of 6500 family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to Family Law matters.