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Children Law

If you have children, then nothing will be more important to you than protecting them and putting them first. However we know that sometimes, as parents, it can be difficult to agree what is best.<br><br>Every family is unique, so our experts in children law can advise you on the best approach you can take for you and your child, with your children’s welfare at the forefront of our minds. Our advice is always constructive, adopting a child-focussed approach in every case.

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Our advice on children law matters

Our expert lawyers can guide you through the legal process on all private children matters such as:

  • arrangements for your children, including advice on where a child should live, go to school and the surname they should be known by;  
  • arrangements when a parent moves away, either in the UK or abroad, and would like to take a child with them;
  • guidance and help when there are concerns about the welfare or safety of a child;
  • help understanding parental responsibility and what that means in practice;
  • child maintenance agreements; and
  • grandparents’ rights.

Guide to Children and Divorce

We have produced a complete guide on how you might successfully navigate issues that may arise with children in divorce which you can read here.

There is also a downloadable version you can take away and read.


How we have helped people with children related issues

In addition to assisting clients to put in place arrangements for when they see their children, we have also assisted clients to secure permission from the court to move abroad, with their children, to countries as close as Scotland and as far away as Australia.

We have also assisted clients to obtain permission from the court that their child attend schools at which the other parent did not wish them to go.

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Get in touch to speak with an expert.

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Introducing your key contacts

Frank Prior

Partner – Head of Family, Southampton

Huw Miles

Managing Partner – Family, Winchester and Southampton

Huw Miles

Managing Partner – Family, Winchester and Southampton

How we’ve helped our clients

“From start to finish, Zoe has been so informative and invaluable to us. With Zoe’s guidance, knowledge and understanding we were able to keep our focus on the matter at hand and settle at the first court hearing. We are so very grateful. ”

Mr B, Applicant Father

“The service I received from Heather Souter and the team has been brilliant. They got me through the toughest of times and the result I needed. I couldn’t highly recommend them enough.”

Ms J, New Forest – Divorce and Children Matters

“Thank you very much for your good work. Also a particular thanks to Heather – I found her approach, manner and professionalism most re-assuring for a client in a high pressure and emotionally taxing scenario, and I suspect she will go far…”

Mr M – Private Children Matter (International Relocation)

“I wish I could be in a position right now to shake your hands personally, give you a hug and offer my thanks in person for representing me through this challenging period spanning three years. During the way we maintained our integrity at all times. A successful campaign is built on solid foundations and it was your work, advice and strategy that laid our foundations. Thanks for having my back, thanks for your loyalty and for persevering through all of our challenging moments like troopers.”

Financial Order Case – Client living in N.Z.

“Zoe was wonderful from start to finish. Dedicated, thoughtful and thorough in her approach. Knowing that Zoe had my back allowed me to focus on my children and business while also retaining my sanity during the 2+ year process. Thank you Zoe”

TL – Children case

“Rachel Osgood, Sarah Passemard and Rebecca Smith have been very supporting during the early stages of my divorce and are very proactive to try to move things forward for me. I would highly recommend using them ”

SJ – Children Case

Children Law Resources


Family Law FAQs


7th November 2023

Family Law FAQs

0:01.2 Hi everybody. My name is Heather Souter and I am a senior associate here at the family team at Paris Smith. Hello everyone. My name’s Zoe Culverwell and I’m an associate in the family team here at Paris Smith. We are delighted to have you back for our second series in our family law videos.

0:18.5 In our first series of videos, we covered the different ways of reaching a resolution. We’re now moving on to frequently asked questions.

0:26.6 And that’s because as family lawyers, no two days are ever the same, and we’re quite often asked very similar questions.

0:33.5 These concepts are obviously very familiar to us as family lawyers, but they will often be new to you at a stressful time. We thought you would therefore be helpful to go through things that come up regularly and try to demystify some key concepts and legal jargon.

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