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Children & Child Law Solicitors Essex

Our Essex based Solicitors understand that matters related to child arrangements are of utmost importance and require delicate handling. Our experienced family law team is here to provide expert legal guidance and support to ensure the best interests of the child are prioritized. We strive to find constructive solutions that minimize stress and disruption for both parents and children.

Child Custody and Visitation

Navigating child custody and visitation issues can be emotionally challenging. Our dedicated team of family law solicitors is here to assist you in establishing fair and workable arrangements that consider the well-being of your child.

Parental Responsibility

Understanding parental responsibility is crucial when it comes to making important decisions about a child’s life. We can help you understand your rights and responsibilities and work towards agreements that serve the best interests of your child.

Court Representation

When court intervention is necessary, our skilled advocates are prepared to represent you effectively. We have a proven track record of success in child arrangement cases and will work tirelessly to protect your parental rights.

How can we help you today?


What is the Children Act, and how does it impact families?

The Children Act deals with legal matters concerning children, and is dealt with in the Court by way of a Child Arrangement Order. It covers a wide range of issues, including a ‘Live with’ Order (previously known as Custody or residence) and  ‘Spend time with’ Order ( previously known as access or contact). It can also cover other matters such as a Prohibited Steps Order, Specific Issue Orders (known as s8 Orders) and Parental Responsibility. We have a designated Child Law Department,  specialising in navigating these complex issues to uphold the best interests of the child whilst providing sound and practical advice.

What factors does the Court take into consideration when determining a Child Arrangement Order?

The Court will need to consider a number of matters in order to reach a decision for the child, and may need to have professionals report to them on certain issues, which may include the child’s age, emotional and educational needs, the ability of each parent to provide a stable home, and any risks to the child’s welfare. Our experienced Solicitors can guide you through these considerations.

What is parental responsibility, and how is it determined?

Parental Responsibility refers to the legal rights, duties, powers, and responsibilities a parent has regarding their child. In the England and Wales, mothers automatically have Parental Responsibility, whilst fathers can acquire it under certain conditions. We can help you obtain Parental Responsibility in the event that you do not hold Parental Responsibility for your child.

What is the difference between a Live with Order and a Shared Care Order?

A live with Order decides as to where and whom the child lives, and gives that parent the right to leave the country for the purpose of a holiday for up to 28 days without the written consent  of the other parent. A shared Care/ live with Order means that the child lives with both parents, although this may for different periods of time.

What steps should I take if my ex-partner violates a Child Arrangement Order?

If your ex-partner is not complying with a Child Arrangement Order, it is essential to seek legal advice promptly. Our team can guide you through the steps to enforce the Order and, if necessary, seek a variation of the Order to meet your child’s needs.

How long does the process of applying for a Child Arrangement Order typically take?

The duration of the process varies based on individual circumstances and whether an agreement can be reached by Consent or if additional input is required from the Court. Our Solicitors work efficiently to achieve timely and favourable outcomes for our clients.

What should I bring to an initial consultation with a child law solicitor?

It is helpful to bring any relevant documents, such as any applications or Court Orders. However, even if you don’t have these documents, our Solicitors can still provide valuable advice during the initial consultation.

To speak to a Family Solicitor please call us on 01702 338338

Annette Lowen

Annette Lowen

Legal Executive – Children Panel Member

Annette has over 20 years experience in Children and Family Law, during which time she has developed her dynamic approach to resolving children issues, whilst remaining child focused.

The welfare of the child is at the forefront of everything we do.

If you are facing child arrangement issues and need legal assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our children department. Schedule a consultation and let us guide you through the legal process.

My direct and straightforward approach, offering sensible, firm, and child focused advice, whilst fully supporting my clients, will help clients to find the best way forward for their children. A no nonsense, “let’s get down to the nitty gritty facts of the matter” approach may at times be quite hard in practice, but in the long run can assist in getting to the heart of the problem, and result in finding the most effective solution.

-Annette Lowen


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Paul Robinson Solicitors is a thriving independent law firm committed to providing exceptional service to clients nationwide, with offices situated throughout London and Essex.

Established in 1983, the firm has steadily expanded over the past 35 years, offering an extensive range of legal services to both personal and commercial clients. The team of highly experienced and skilled solicitors specialises in various fields and is dedicated to providing an outstanding level of service to achieve positive outcomes for their clients. The firm’s cutting-edge technology and efficient systems, together with its support and managerial staff, ensure maximum efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness.


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