Other Family Services

Missing spouse tracing system

Whether your spouse has left the family home after a dispute, you are trying to locate a missing child, or you require an address to serve divorce papers, we are here to assist. We have a dedicated tracing service team who are experts at locating missing persons.

Orders preventing parent removing a child after school

Schools and nurseries usually require a court order if you want to stop the other parent removing or collecting the child. If you are worried about inappropriate behaviour or you have concerns about your child’s safety, it is best to seek professional advice on asking the court to restrict parental rights.

If police are called regarding a dispute between parents, having a court order in place will ensure the child is not removed from your care.

Special guardianship orders

A Special Guardianship Order is made by the family court, placing a child or young person to live with someone other than their parents on a long-term basis. We can assist with applications, statements and advice if you are looking after a child and you want to formalise these arrangements.

We can also accept payments from the Local Authority to assist special guardians with the legal process.

Adoption

If you are thinking about adopting a child from either the UK or overseas, it is important to follow UK adoption law. To ensure that your adoption is recognised in the UK, you are able to travel freely and exercise your parental rights.

Child maintenance agreements and disputes

We can assist with private child maintenance agreements and challenges to the Child Support Agency. If you think you have been overpaying, we can provide a consultation to assess your calculations for you.

Child injury complaints against schools

Parents count on schools to be a safe environment for their children. We can assist with complaints against schools if your child has been physically injured at school or bullied by a teacher. We will discuss what you are hoping to achieve and secure the best outcome for you and your child.

Mediation and dispute resolution

Mediation is a process for reaching a mutually acceptable agreement or solution without taking the matter to court. Mediators are independent and neutral, meaning they are not acting for either side. Although agreements reached in mediation are not legally binding, it is less costly than going to court. We can apply to court to have mediation agreements endorsed as enforceable court orders. This will assist if agreements break down in future.

Effective service of court documents

The court may require you to serve documents on the other party in divorce or children proceedings. This can be especially challenging if the other party is deliberately trying to avoid service or is no longer living in the UK. Our process servers can ensure that the job will be done properly and effectively.

International child disputes

If your spouse has taken your children overseas without your consent, it is important to act quickly to ensure your child is returned to the UK safely. We do not offer legal aid but we can assist with application to return a child to the UK.

Enforcement in the family court

If the other parent is not following a court order about child arrangements, you may need to submit a further application to the family court. You can also apply to court if you want to change an order which is not working.

Why Adam Bernard Solicitors?

  • As shown above, our family department has a wealth of experience across numerous family matters
  • We will ensure that all aspects of your case are handled sensitively and comprehensively to ensure you have the best prospect of success
  • We have helped numerous clients achieve the results they desire. Please read through our client testimonies that show our ability in this area of law.
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