Fathers often feel they are neglected and overlooked in the family law system. As a team, our Solicitors are committed to ensuring children can maintain relationships with both parents. If as a father, you feel your ability to form a relationship with your child is being obstructed, we can advise and represent you.

Rakhi Singal heads our family law team. As a Director of the firm, Rakhi has sought to create a legal practice where the focus is firmly on the client and providing a high quality of care which considers the needs of the children as well as the adults. We are a paperless office, meaning we will not overwhelm you with forms and reading material. Instead, we focus on you, the child, and the needs of everyone involved. We aim to reach a solution quickly, in a calm manner.

We are members of Resolution and follow their Code of Practice which focuses on resolving family disputes in a non-confrontational and peaceful way. This is especially important when making applications for a PSO or an SIO, as family relationships may already be strained. Our Solicitors will advise you in a way that preserves or seeks to repair family relations rather than inflame conflict.

There are three main issues facing fathers in family law:

  1. Acquiring parental responsibility.
  2. Child maintenance payments.
  3. The mother is refusing to allow contact.

Our experts in Family Law

Parental Responsibility

Section 3(1) of the Children Act 1989 defines parental responsibility as all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority that, by law, a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property.

It includes, but is not limited to, the right to:

  • look after a child
  • decide where the child should live
  • make decisions regarding a child’s education, hobbies, and religion
  • appoint a guardian
  • consent to medical treatment or obtain appropriate treatment for the child
  • name the child
  • take the child abroad
  • apply for the child’s passport
  • discipline the child

Parental responsibility is automatically conferred on the mother and the father if he is married to the mother. If you are not married to the child’s mother, you will acquire parental responsibility if:

  • The child’s birth was registered after 1st December 2003, and your name is on the certificate as the father.
  • The child was born before that time with no father listed on the birth certificate, but the birth was later re-registered with you named as the father.
  • You and the child’s mother sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement.
  • You are given a parental responsibility order by the court, or a Residence Order for the child to live with you.
  • You marry the child’s mother.

Rakhi and her team can assist you with making an application for an order granting you parental responsibility for a child.

Child maintenance

If you and your partner separate, both of you are still financially responsible for your children. In many cases, parents will work out child maintenance orders between themselves. However, it is best practice to check the amount you agree against what the Child Maintenance Service would assess the amount to be, to avoid a dispute developing at a later date.
If you and your partner cannot agree on the amount of child maintenance to be paid, the Court can make an order, or one parent can apply to the Child Maintenance Service to set an amount.
If you got a child maintenance decision on or after 11 July 2016 and believe it is incorrect, you can ask the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to change their decision by way of a Mandatory Reconsideration. If you are still unhappy, you can appeal.
We have years of experience advising fathers on child maintenance payments and as Resolution members, can assist couples to work out an agreement peacefully between themselves.

Mother blocking contact

Being prevented from seeing your child is emotionally devastating. Our team will swiftly move into action to advise and represent you if you are facing such a situation.
If your contact is through an informal arrangement with your ex, we can apply to the Court for a Child Arrangement Order which will set out when your child is to spend time with you. If a Child Arrangement Order is already in place, we can apply to the Court to have it enforced.
In all circumstances, we will try and resolve the dispute outside of Court. Being able to work through conflicts themselves provides parties with confidence that they are being listened to by the other parent and have the communication tools to manage disputes. However, if court action is inevitable, we will represent you tenaciously, and ensure you can see your child regularly.

Rakhi and her team can assist you on all matters relating to fathers’ rights. You can contact us in strict confidence on +44 (2) 033725125. or complete our online enquiry form to make an appointment.

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