Contact and residence

The Stephens Scown family team is independently ranked as the best solicitors for children and family law in the region.


Whether you are married or not, if you have concerns about the arrangements for your children, we can offer you the contact and residence advice you need.

This could relate to how often either you or your former partner see the children, or with whom your children should be residing. We make every effort to resolve matters by agreement. However, where this is not possible we are able to guide you through the court process to try and achieve the best outcome possible.

Our family lawyers have experience in acting not only for parents but also for other family members including grandparents and children. We represent clients both in resolving issues within their family (private children matters) or where a local authority is involved with a family and legal proceedings are necessary (public children matters).

We can also advise you in relation to some other considerations that might be of concern, such as where your child should go to school, which country they should live in, whose surname they should have, or whether they should undergo a medical procedure.

Our family lawyers are very experienced in advising parties in relation to children proceedings. Members of the family law team at Stephens Scown are on the Law Society’s Children Panel and are accredited Resolution Specialists.  The team is also top ranked in the two national legal guides to the profession – Legal 500 and Chambers.

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