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Child law solicitors

When parents separate, it can be difficult to reach an amicable agreement about childcare.

As family law solicitors we firmly believe that, wherever possible, childcare decisions should be made by the parents, not by a judge. That’s why our family lawyers will always help and encourage you to reach an agreement through negotiation or mediation before going through the courts.

As well as helping you agree on childcare arrangements, our specialist family solicitors have experience in special guardianship orders, adoption, social services and care proceedings. We can also support grandparents or other family carers who have been denied contact with children or grandchildren.

Our family lawyers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire are members of the Law Society Children Panel and are authorised to represent children. We’re also accredited mediators and members of Resolution.

Residence + contact orders

We regularly represent parents who want their children to live with them. We can also help you to obtain a Child Arrangement Order which will ensure that you see your child or children on a regular basis.

Disputes about a child’s upbringing

Parents aren’t always able to agree on issues concerning their child’s surname, choice of school, education and religious upbringing. If this applies to you and your family, we can help you obtain an order from the court to resolve the dispute.

We can also help you if you or your former partner wish to relocate, whether that’s within the UK or internationally.

Problems with social services + care proceedings

Barcan+Kirby have specially trained and accredited lawyers dealing with this very sensitive area of law.

Local authorities can take several steps in relation to children which include holding a case conference, holding a pre-proceedings meeting and initiating care proceedings. These are very worrying times for both parents and family members and we would advise you to seek advice at an early stage if this issue affects you.

We can attend pre-proceedings meetings and child protection case conferences with you and our focus at these meetings is to try and prevent court action being taken by the local authority.


Our specialist solicitors are able to advise prospective adopters upon their adoption application and can make the application to the court on your behalf. We have experience in dealing with step-parent adoptions and step-parent parental responsibility agreements.

Further information

We offer all clients a free 30 minute consultation with a legal expert in family law, as well as fixed fees on our family law services so you’ll know exactly how much you’ll pay from the start. We will see if legal aid is available for you. If it isn’t, you will still be entitled to a free 30 minute consultation.

Alternatively, download our family law guides or factsheets with useful information on a range of family issues.

To speak to a family law solicitor about your personal circumstances, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

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