What are Child Arrangements

Child disputes can arise in a number of situations. It may be that you are considering or are already co-parenting your children. Common causes of dispute include:

  • when and where your children will be living;
  • when will contact occur with the non-resident parent; and or
  • other issues such as where your children go to school or medical treatment.

We appreciate disputes involving children are emotionally difficult and stressful.

How we can help

Sometimes it can be as straightforward as sending a Solicitor’s letter to the other parent with an offer which can then either be negotiated or agreed upon. If this is not successful, then mediation may be appropriate. However, this would not be appropriate if, for example, there has been domestic abuse between parents. If mediation is not appropriate or an agreement cannot be reached at mediation, then a court application may be necessary. If there are issues regarding domestic abuse and or child abuse, safeguarding or welfare issues, then it may be that the first step would be a court application. We will carefully consider your options with you and agree the right course of action for you and your family.

Meet our team

Our team meet clients to advise on child arrangements throughout Somerset and are available for free initial consultations:

Funding your Child Arrangements advice

We offer different funding options to clients, depending on their eligibility. They are Legal Aid funding or privately funded.

What is Legal Aid and eligibility

We offer Legal Aid which is where HM Government fund part or all of your legal advice or provide you with a discount dependent on eligibility requirements. Legal Aid is available where clients are victims of domestic abuse from the other parent of the child/ren or where there is evidence of child abuse from the other parent. We can help advise you on the possible sources of finance for your matter.

Self-funding your advice

We believe in providing clients with affordable advice and transparent pricing. We charge £200 per hour for advising on child disputes. We always give a fee estimate. Additional costs may be incurred and our detailed on our funding page.

Free initial consultation for new clients

We offer prospective clients with a free initial consultation. This is done via a phone call. We also offer legal surgeries in Yeovil where you can also drop in for a free initial consultation. At these free consultations,  we will discuss your legal position, suggest possible solutions and explore funding solutions. This includes assessing if you are eligible for Legal Aid funding or we will provide you with a fee estimate. Please note these consultations are up to 20 minutes long and do not include us advising you.

Come and meet us

We offer advice on Child Arrangements throughout Somerset:

Calder Mullis Family Solicitors provide Legal Surgeries in Minehead.
Calder Mullis Family Solicitors are based in Taunton.
Calder Mullis Family Solicitors provide Legal Surgeries in Yeovil.

Family law done differently.

As specialist family solicitors, our only focus is on helping clients to resolve their family law issues. Whether you are dealing with child arrangements, domestic abuse, the involvement of social services or any other family issue, we are here to help you achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

  • Straightforward. We provide simple and sincere advice.
  • Quality. Advice is provided by skilled and experienced solicitors.
  • Affordable. We offer Legal Aid and charge from 175 per hour.
  • Accessible. We work outside the 9 to 5 as needed by our clients.
  • Local. Access in Taunton and surgeries in Minehead and Yeovil.
  • Progressive. We embrace technology inc. meeting via Teams.

Our accreditations and memberships

We are Specialist Quality Mark Hold Contracted with the Legal Aid Agency as well as:

Calder Mullis Family Solicitors, members of Resolution.
Calder Mullis Family Solicitors, members of Cyber Essentials.
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