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Child Custody And Child Law Solicitors

Our specialist team of family and childcare law solicitors will offer you expert advice and support every step of the way. Specialist family solicitors in the UK with offices in Chester, Birmingham, Manchester, Nantwich, Congleton, Wilmslow, Alsager, Crewe and Sandbach.


Child Custody And Child Law Solicitors

We are the largest team of specialist family lawyers in Cheshire with our solicitors providing expert advice about child custody cases across the UK.

Our local team of leading family lawyers are both highly regarded and consistently recommended by clients.

We offer a free initial consultation with one of our divorce lawyers and we can provide you with a fixed price for your case.

Poole Alcock divorce and family lawyers have offices in Alsager, Birmingham, Chester, Congleton, Sandbach, Manchester, Nantwich, Crewe and Wilmslow.

To arrange a free online consultation about child custody after separation, call Poole Alcock lawyers on 01270 625478 or by completing our enquiry form.

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Child Arrangements

At Poole Alcock, our experienced team of child law and family solicitors specialise in dealing with difficult child custody cases; we understand each dispute should be handled sensitively as this process can be highly emotional for those involved.

Making child arrangements can be difficult, as you may also be going through the stress of a divorce or separation. The child’s welfare is the most important outcome, and the parents are legally responsible for deciding, in the child’s best interests, who has the most time to look after the child given your circumstances and commitments.

Negotiating custody (called child arrangements by the Court) is a delicate subject which should be handled with the utmost care to achieve the best possible outcome for those involved. If both partners can reach an amicable agreement, you will not need to go to court. However, if you or your partner disagrees with the requests put forward, further negotiation is required before escalating the dispute to court. Our team of child law solicitors will be by your side, every step of the way, to outline your options and assist with the progression of your case.

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  • Parental Responsibility

    Participating in your child’s life is important to grow and develop the bond you have with your child. Mothers automatically receive parental responsibility on the birth of their child, however, and unmarried father may need to obtain this by law. We are here to advise you on your rights for parental responsibility and what you need to acquire.

  • Change of Surname

    The outcome of your custody dispute could determine whether you decide to change your child’s surname, which will require permission from those who have parental responsibility. A deed poll is required to begin this process, where our qualified team can assist with your application.

  • Change of Schools

    Whether you are requesting a change of school for your child, or wish to prevent this from happening through the application from your previous partner, our team of child law specialists will act quickly to mitigate your case.

  • Child Abduction

    Although you may have the legal requirements in place to ensure a civilised relationship with your child’s other parent, if they dispute the routine, you may require assistance to reach a new agreement.

    There is a lot to think about during this process, which is why at Poole Alcock solicitors, we offer a free initial advice appointment to help you understand your options and to discuss the best way going forward to avoid any conflict with your partner. Contact our team of child custody solicitors, who are here to support you with their expert knowledge and advice that you can rely on.

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Our skilled Family Lawyers

Our solicitors are all members of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce and separation.

We are accredited by the Law Society and have members on the Advanced Family Panel of Solicitors.

Richard Barratt – the head of the Divorce and Family Team – is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer. Under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice as you go.

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Committed to Excellence – Family Law

Specialising in all areas of law nationwide, we offer a modern service with traditional values, giving you the complete legal service whenever you need us.

We believe our clients deserve to receive the highest possible standard of customer care and legal advice. To achieve this, we ensure our lawyers and support teams are highly skilled professionals with a passion for delivering excellent service which focuses on our clients’ individual needs and circumstances.

We regularly ask our clients for feedback and how we could make our service even better, to make sure that we get it right every time. We leave nothing to chance and take nothing for granted. For these reasons, we make a simple but important promise to our clients: The Committed to Excellence Pledge.

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Child Custody

Whenever possible separating parties should speak to one another and make arrangements for the care of the children which are in the children’s best interests and can be worked around by both parents.

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Change of Schools

If you are in dispute about which school your child should attend or think that it will be in the child’s best interests to change schools it will be necessary to apply for a Specific Issue Order through the courts.

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Change of Surnames

If your child is aged under 16, it is possible to change their name by deed poll providing that all of the parties with Parental Responsibility are in agreement.

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Child Abduction

When a child is removed from one of the parents without the other parent’s permission or a child is not returned at a pre-arranged time it is important to act quickly to reinstate the child’s normal or pre-agreed routine.

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Parental Responsibility

Most of the legal rights given to parents are by way of Parental Responsibility (PR).

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I just wanted to thank you for your calming wise words and advice today.  You’re very good at your job and a great support.

Mrs T, Cheshire

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I used Poole Alcock for my divorce. On my first meeting with Jane Jacques I was in a complete state of panic about what was happening. She immediately put me at ease and I felt confident that my case was going to be in the right hands. From the outset everyone was very professional but at the same time very caring.

It was unfortunately a very difficult, drawn out case, but every dealing I had with Jane left me feeling positive and confident.

I was kept informed every step of the way and Poole Alcock were very upfront about the process and the expected costs.

At one point I had to deal with another solicitor – Nicola Deakin. Nicola was also lovely, professional and caring. The barrister appointed by Poole Alcock was excellent. Mr Julian Shaw was extremely experienced and knowledgeable and did a fantastic job in court for me.

As my case now draws to a close I can’t thank the team at Poole Alcock enough. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the firm and especially Jane Jacques to anyone requiring a family law solicitor.


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You all have done amazing thank you for everything you have done.

C B – Family Client

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Thank you so much Helen.

Honestly from the bottom of my heart I can’t thank you enough for you help and support over the last 18months – 2 years! I wouldn’t be where I am now without your help and support, even when I didn’t make right decisions you were still there to help me and never judged me.

You are an an absolute credit to Poole Alcock and I am very lucky to have had the pleasure of you representing me and my girls!

Mrs T, Cheshire

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Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work and effort and most importantly support involving my divorce.

It was one of the most traumatic experiences I have ever been through, however your attitude and your focus made me stay determined in securing a better outcome then I ever first thought.

Being able to speak to you at any point in what was a harrowing process was quickly short lived when I was able to build up a relationship with your dedicated secretary Louise and most importantly a fully committed relationship with yourself.

Your experience and reassurances made the last 12 months somewhat bearable especially with your expertise in involving children in a divorce.

With the added pressure of a Non-molestation and Occupation order, your support was second to none towards myself and my children.

I will have no qualms at recommending you to all my friends and family if a solicitor is ever required.

Poole Alcock are incredibly lucky to have you on their team and I wish you every success in furthering your career.


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I would to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and help throughout this process. It’s been a tough 18 months.

Thank you so much.

C M – Family Client

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Arrange A Consultation

Please submit your information and a member of the Poole Alcock team will respond to you as soon as possible. If you have a quick question, please feel free to call 01270 625478.

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