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.

We can advise about whether or not a Court Order is necessary and alternative dispute resolution methods available such as mediation which may assist in agreeing arrangements for children.

If agreement cannot be reached, we can also help with applications to the Court for contact and for specific issue orders when certain disputes need to be decided by the Court.

We can also provide advice on child maintenance issues, changes to Birth Certificates and declarations of parentage.

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.

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    Ainsley Pritchard - Head of department

    Ainsley qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and has specialised in family and matrimonial law throughout her career. She joined Dootsons in 2011 and is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers. Ainsley is also a fully qualified Family Mediator and is a member of the Family Mediators Association.