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children's solicitors in Cornwall

The law provides that a court’s paramount consideration is for the welfare of a child.  The team at Vingoe Family Law support this and will always encourage parents to put the needs of any child first and above their own wishes which we know can be difficult at such an emotional time.

Vingoe Family Law will usually advise parents to try to reach an agreed decision about any child as it is better for them to work together and make decisions after joint consultation rather than having decisions made by a judge which has never even met the child.

It takes two parents to make a child and it is usually better for a child to have the support of both parents in his or her life.  The team will therefore often refer parents to mediation to discuss arrangements for any child in the hope that agreement can be reached.

There is a presumption in law that it is in the interests of a child to have both parents involved in the child’s life.  The team at Vingoe Family Law will promote the child’s right to have both parents involved in his or her upbringing unless of course there are welfare concerns which mean that this may not be appropriate.


We will always try to resolve issues by agreement  and often with the help of mediation.  Where an agreement (or probably better described as a compromise) cannot be reached there are court orders which may be available as shown below.


Orders from Courts

If parents of a child cannot reach a concensus or mediation does not work  there are a number of orders that courts can make as set out below

Children Arrangement Orders

The Court can be asked to resolve the living arrangements for children.  It may be one parent seeking an Order for children to live with him or her or the other parent seeking to spend time with the children. 

These cases may often necessitate the involvement of what is known as a CAFCASS Officer where there are concerns over the welfare of children and the cases often involve several court hearings and last for many months.

Anthony will deal with the case from start to finish and represent you at all court hearings so that, unlike many solicitors, you do not have to be represented by someone else at court.

Specific Issue Orders

There may be situations where parents cannot agree on a specific issue such as schooling or medical treatment. 

The court process in these cases are usually much quicker and we can deal with them without delay as we appreciate that such issues may need to be settled urgently for the child involved.

Prohibited Steps Orders

It may be necessary to prevent a parent taking a child or to prevent a parent from allowing someone else such as a new partner from coming into contact with a child.  We are often asked to advise on such issues and have them determined by a Court urgently.

This page is intended for basic information purposes only and should not be considered as a substitute for obtaining your own independent legal advice. 

Children's Solicitors FAQs

Parents will share parental responsibility if they were married at the time of the child’s birth or where the father is named on the birth certificate.  This means that parents should consult each other on all important decisions such as, for example, health or education.

We prefer to look at rights from the child’s perspective.  The child usually has the right to benefit from time with both parents and to a settled routine and security.  We will always promote decisions being made which are to benefit the child.

The law refers to the wishes and feelings of a child being considered when the child has sufficient age and understanding.  We ask parents to be careful about involving the child as it will almost certainly create unfair and unsettling pressure on a youngster’s shoulders.

"It was President John F Kennedy who once said that children are the world’s best hope for the future"