There are no more contentious legal battles as contentious as those over child maintenance and custody. Even during the difficult time of divorce, you have to consider the financial needs of your partner and your children. Our job as divorce lawyers is to help you do that.
Our Children's Law Services
Child maintenance is a set payment made from one parent to another to cover living expenses and is calculated based on different criteria and circumstances. Ideally, parents will negotiate and agree on the amount of maintenance and what it will cover between themselves. If this is not possible, an application can be made to the CMS (Child Maintenance Service).
The CMS is a government-run agency that arranges and collects maintenance payments. Using their extensive experience, our team of divorce lawyers have supported many families to resolve maintenance issues both directly and through the CMS and, in rare cases, the court system.
Custody (Child Arrangements Order)
Child arrangement orders are court orders that detail the parents’ responsibilities regarding the care of their child. They are required when the parents cannot agree between them on how these responsibilities should be divided.
These orders can state who the children live with, where they will live, and how/how often a separated parent can see them (including other forms of contact such as phone calls and video calls). You need to apply to the family court for a child arrangement order, and the process can include several hearings. Once in place, the order is legally binding and usually lasts until the child is 18 years old.
Our Chelmsford-based team can help you secure a favourable child arrangements order for you. At Stowe, we can also use our years of experience to help with all other aspects of child law, including:
- Spousal maintenance. Aside from child maintenance, a divorced spouse may be entitled to support that maintains their level of lifestyle.
- Religious divorce. Our local team can assist with both Jewish and Muslim divorce, and will remain considerate of your needs and those of your children throughout the divorce process.
- International divorce and custody agreements. Working with a law team that may be from a different country, and having to navigate
Contact Stowe Family Law Today
We’re Stowe Family Law, the only national law firm dedicated to family matters with the UK’s largest team of specialist family lawyers and an office in the heart of the city of Chelmsford.
At Stowe, we work hard to make family law easier to understand and know that each case is unique - each one needing tailored support and handled with care.
In choosing Stowe family law Chelmsford, clients are guided through the process with empathy and care and the reassurance that they have the right team of people by their side.
With offices across the UK, we practice all areas of family law and support people in the Chelmsford area going through a family breakdown to move forward in life from a position of renewed strength.
So, if you need the best family law advice Chelmsford has to offer, contact Stowe Family Law today, request a free call back or call us at 01245 371290. Our Chelmsford family solicitors office can be found at Stowe Family Law LLP, Second Floor, Saxon House, 27 Duke St, Chelmsford, CM1 1HT.