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We can help you to achieve the best possible outcome, with the least amount of stress. Contact us today to find out more

Compassionate Child Law Services London

Safeguarding Your Child’s Future with Expert Legal Support

Facing legal issues involving your children can feel overwhelming.

Let Goodsells help you navigate these challenging times with expert guidance and compassionate support, ensuring the best outcomes for your family’s future.

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Family Law Specialists
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Specialist Child Law advice for clients across London

Specialist Child Law Representation for Family Well-being

Disputes involving children often present parents, other family members and the courts with difficult decisions. Goodsells child law solicitors can provide clear, reliable legal advice and support on a wide range of child law matters.

In all cases involving children, ensuring that their welfare is maintained will always be the priority, both for the Family Court and for Family Law solicitors.

As a Child Law Solicitor based in Clapham, London, we provide sensitive and pragmatic legal advice in relation to all Child Law issues, and we understand the complex and emotionally challenging nature of such matters.

When you choose to instruct Goodsells Family Law for your Child Law matter, you will be working with Donna Goodsell, who has over 25 years of expertise in Family Law, including Child Law issues. Her experience ranges from more straightforward matters to others very complicated. Donna is highly skilled and will provide clear, realistic, and supportive advice you can trust, ensuring stress is kept to a minimum for everyone involved.


Specialist Support for Child Law Matters

Our expert Child Law solicitor can provide advice and representation to all family members on a wide range of legal issues relating to children. With expertise in the legal process, we regularly provide support on matters such as:


  • Child residence and contact
  • Child arrangement orders
  • Prohibited Steps orders, including preventing the removal of a child from jurisdiction and changing the surname of a child
  • Specific issue orders
  • Parental rights and responsibilities

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Why Goodsells

Top Reasons to Choose Us

Competitive Pricing

We offer a first class service at affordable prices aimed at professionals who want a tailored service.

+25 Years Experience

Your case will be dealt with exclusively by Donna Goodsell, it will never be delegated to a junior lawyer.

Bespoke to You

As a boutique law firm, your case will be our priority, helping you to maximise your outcomes with minimal stress.

Child Law FAQ’s

Who has parental responsibility?

It’s easy to presume that both the biological parents have Parental Responsibility for a child, however this isn’t always the case.

Parental Responsibility is automatically acquired in three different ways, and these are:

  • The male parent was married or in a civil partnership with the child’s birth mother at the time of birth
  • The child was legally adopted
  • The male parent was named on the birth certificate. This only applies after a certain date, e.g. 1 December 2003 in England and Wales
What circumstances will the court take into consideration for a child court order?

When the court is required to make a decision for specific matters surrounding the child, they will always consider the child’s best interests over all else and that includes taking into account a number of factors when making their decision, as follows:

  • The child’s wishes and feelings
  • The child’s physical, emotional, and educational needs
  • How the change of circumstances will affect the child
  • The child’s age, gender, background, and characteristics where relevant
  • Any potential harm the child could be vulnerable to
  • Any harm the child has suffered or may suffer
  • The capability of each parent/guardian


Hear From Our Clients

Ms P


    I will always be grateful for the most professional care offered to me by Donna. As a Spanish speaking client Donna helped me through the years with great patience and human ethic as well as representing me legally with outmost excellence. I recommend her strongly without any hesitation.


Ms D


This solicitor came highly recommended and did not disappoint, she was always accessible and helpful at a very difficult time in my life. Her attention to detail was impeccable and I was happy with the outcome. Thank you .