We understand that the breakdown of a relationship is extremely stressful for adults, even more so if there are children involved. We seek to ensure that satisfactory arrangements are made which are in the best interests of your children.

The most important issue for any separating couple to sort out is what arrangements you should make for any dependent children, in particular with whom the children should live.

Hopefully, you will be able to agree arrangements between yourselves, in which case it should not be necessary to involve the court. However, if you cannot agree arrangements, then there are three types of court order they could apply for:-

Child arrangements order

This is an order regulating arrangements relating to with whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact, and when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person. Such an order may, for example, state that a child is to live with one parent and have contact with the other, but may also state that the child is to share its time between both parents.

Prohibited steps order

This is an order prohibiting a parent from taking certain specified steps in relation to a child, without the consent of the court. Examples of the use of such an order include: to prevent a parent from removing the child from the country, to prevent them from changing the child’s surname without the consent of the other parent, or to prevent them from changing the child’s school without the consent of the other parent.

Specific issue order

This is an order determining a specific question which has arisen, or which may arise, in connection with the child, for example which school the child should attend, whether the child should be allowed to leave the country for the purposes of a holiday, or in relation to the child’s religious upbringing.

Parental Abduction

Our experience in children matters extends beyond just domestic cases to the more extreme and urgent cases where one parent takes the child/children outside of England or Wales, or from another jurisdiction back to England without the permission or consent of the other parent. This is a complex area of law and it is important to get the right advice from an early stage. We have successfully acted for parents to secure the return of children who have been abducted. If this is an issue affecting you, call us to see how we can help.

How Prince Family Law can help?

The directors at Prince Family Law, having all been through a divorce themselves and do not underestimate what a difficult time this is both for the adults and the children involved in a separation. Therefore, we seek to ensure that satisfactory arrangements are made which are in the best interests of your children.

Every case is different, every child has differing needs, contact one of our Family Law Specialists for an initial free 30-minute consultation to discuss your circumstances and how best we can assist you in reaching a resolution.

Meet the Team

David Prince
David Prince
Managing Director / Solicitor

David founded Prince Family Law in 2005 having previously spent 17 years as a family law partner with a leading…

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Sarah Woodward
Sarah Woodward
Director / Chartered Legal Executive

Sarah has practiced family law since 1995 and trained at a large city practice. Sarah specialises in all aspects of …

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Lisa O’Connor
Lisa O’Connor
Director / Chartered Legal Executive

Lisa is a Chartered Legal Executive and Director of the firm. Lisa O’Connor joined Prince Family Law in 2008 having …

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Carey New
Carey New
Associate Director / Chartered Legal Executive

Carey has practised Family Law since 1999 and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas including financial settlements…

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Robert Gallon
Robert Gallon
Associate Director / Solicitor

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 with a Degree in Law and History and completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Skills…

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Katie Harrison
Katie Harrison
Solicitor

Katie has practised family law since qualification in 2021. Katie graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 with an upper second class with honours in her LLB. Katie went on to obtain a distinction in her legal practice course and won the Nelsons Part Time Stage 1 prize for best student.

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Rachel Barlow
Rachel Barlow
Associate Director / Chartered Legal Executive

Rachel has spent over 22 years practising at local Derbyshire and South Yorkshire firms and is widely recognised as an expert in all matrimonial matters

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Nathaniel Walters
Nathaniel Walters
Trainee Solicitor

Nat gained his Law Degree attending University in Leeds and subsequently attained the post-graduate Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Sheffield…

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Kelsie Thornton
Kelsie Thornton
Paralegal

Kelsie has been working in family law for the last 4 years having previously worked in a well known Doncaster firm.

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Clea Kapadia
Clea Kapadia
Solicitor Apprentice

Clea has always wanted to become a solicitor and is about to enrol on the Solicitor Apprentice Course sponsored by the Firm

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Sarah Hall
Sarah Hall
Practice Manager

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Anna Miller
Anna Miller
Personal Assistant / Secretary

Our highly experienced team of Personal Assistants/Secretaries have been with the firm for many years and offer a strong support network to our fee earners and clients.

Helen Fletcher
Helen Fletcher
Personal Assistant / Secretary

Our highly experienced team of Personal Assistants/Secretaries have been with the firm for many years and offer a strong support network to our fee earners and clients.

Rachel Lamb
Rachel Lamb
Personal Assistant / Secretary

Our highly experienced team of Personal Assistants/Secretaries have been with the firm for many years and offer a strong support network to our fee earners and clients.

Barrie Start
Barrie Start
Legal Cashier

Legal Cashier Barrie has worked in Chesterfield as an accounts manager for all of his working life…