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Care and upbringing of a child

The care and upbringing of a child can raise complex legal and practical issues, particularly when relationships breakdown, families restructure (blended families) and following assisted conception. This can create legal difficulties between parents, children, donors, surrogates and modern families under English fertility and family law, including disputes about:

• Time spent with a child (e.g. with a known donor, co-parent, former  partner, step-parent).
• Living arrangements for a child (including sole and shared care).
• Acquisition and exercise of parental responsibility for a child.
• A specific issue concerning a child (e.g. choice of school, medical care, foreign travel, religious matters).
• Financial provision for a child.

Our preeminent legal expertise resolves legal issues and disputes effectively and efficiently.  We provide innovative legal solutions to suit individual situations and needs.

How we can help

Our legal services include:

• Legal packages
• Bespoke legal advice tailored to your situation, needs and wishes
• Preparation of legal documentation
• Legal support and representation in court proceedings

Package One

Dispute about time spent with a child – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice on family and fertility law in the UK in the event of a dispute about time spent with a child (formerly known as a contact dispute) with a known donor, co-parent, surrogate, former partner or other adult). It:

Package Three

Parental responsibility dispute – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice on family and fertility law in the UK in the event of a parental responsibility dispute with a known donor, co-parent, surrogate, former partner, current partner or other adult). It:

Package Five

Financial provision children dispute – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice on family and fertility law in the UK in the event of a financial provision (income and capital) dispute with a co-parent, former partner, current partner or other adult) to include, maintenance and costs of upbringing, property, school fees. It:

Package Two

Dispute about a child’s living arrangements – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice on family and fertility law in the UK in the event of a dispute about a child’s living arrangements (formerly known as a residence dispute) with a known donor, co-parent, surrogate, former partner or other adult). It:

Package Four

Dispute about a specific issue for a child – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice on family and fertility law in the UK in the event of a dispute about a specific issue concerning a child with a known donor, co-parent, surrogate, former partner or other adult.

If you require legal assistance or wish to discuss arrangements contact us.

 +44 (0) 20 7965 8399

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Louisa Ghevaert has dealt with numerous leading cases in the UK dealing with arrangements for the care and upbringing of a child, read more here.

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