Legal expertise in child arrangements & care proceedings

...with you every step of the way!

Eaton Smith’s Family Law team advise on all cases involving children, representing parents, grandparents or other family members.


Our family and divorce law solicitors have many years of experience in handling the interests of children and aim, where possible, to help you to establish contact, living and financial arrangements without having to go to court.

We can help you negotiate or apply for the following:

  • Child arrangements order – this used to be known as residence and contact or custody and access. This sets out who the child lives with, at what times, and who the child spends time with and the circumstances under which other family members such as grandparents can have access to the child.
  • Prohibited steps order – this type of order forbids a person from taking a particular action in relation to a child, such as taking them abroad.
  • Specific issue order – terms related to particular issues such as schooling and religious upbringing.


Eaton Smith’s experienced team of child care lawyers will work to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family. It is important that you receive legal representation if your child has been, or is about to be, taken into care by social services.

Our specialist family law solicitors can help you with all of the above and more. Our family law team includes qualified mediators and members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and Children Panel.


If you would like to contact our team please click here or call 01484 812300.


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Care Proceedings

Care Proceedings - A guide to parents and family members. 

Care Proceedings

Care Proceedings - A quick guide on care proceedings.

Care Proceedings

Care Proceedings - Working with a Social Worker.

Team for You – Children

T: 01484 821300
Katherine Stephenson
Katherine Stephenson
T: 01484 821474
Richard Buckley
Richard Buckley
Senior Solicitor
T: 01484 821 300
Keith Kershaw
Keith Kershaw


Thank you for everything you did to help me get where I am now I really appreciate you giving me your time and having faith in me as a person. 

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I have had Richard deal with a couple of family matters in recent times. I couldn’t be happier than the way Richard dealt with both matters. He listens to all the facts gives what I believe to be very sound advice and I couldn’t wish for anyone else to fight my corner when needed. 

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