Our Services:  Children Issues


If you're a parent that is separating from the partner you need to put your children first. We cover children issues in Bristol, Clevedon & Portishead

There are lots of things to consider when trying to make arrangements for the children between the two of you and deciding what is ‘reasonable'.

How often will they see them? Where will the contact take place? Should there be overnight staying contact? How will the holidays be dealt with? Can you move overseas with a child? Which school should they attend?

Taking into account your respective circumstances and the age of the child, is often a stressful process. If you are experiencing problems in reaching an agreement with your partner or spouse about these arrangements then you may want to consider mediation or collaborative law in order to resolve these difficulties.


IF you or your partner/spouse is unable to engage in this process, then you may need to make an application to the court

This replaces the previous use of ‘Residence’ and ‘Contact’), Specific Issue Order or Prohibited Steps Order, for a Judge to decide the outcome.

We can also negotiate an agreement about arrangements for the children by corresponding directly with your partner/spouse or their solicitor.

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''I have been working with Katy on a very intense and subtle case over a period of a year, involving my son who is binational. Katy is an incredible solicitor, very organised, with attention to detail and who put my son’s best interests and well-being first at all times. This is to be valued highly, and is certainly valued by the family Court. Clients who work with Katy will have to trust her and listen to her. I have done so even at times when it was difficult to hear what Katy was telling me, and ultimately we reached a very good outcome. One aspect of working with Katy, which I particularly benefited from, was the communication. Katy always did things when she said she was going to do them, and always answered promptly to my queries, ultimately leaving me with the feeling of being accompanied and well advised all the way through this journey. Another important point is that behind Katy there is a very professional and lovely team, and ultimately a Harbour Family Law “machine” working very well and very efficiently. Had I taken the decision to work with another solicitors firm, or had I not listened to Katy’s sound advice, we probably would not have reached the outcome we did.''

Mr. J

Children Act Proceedings

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