Stage 1 – Assessing Your Application
In order to be successful in your application, you should have grounds for applying for an order in relation to (Custody) residence, contact or parental responsibility:
Custody Orders - Residence Orders
You can apply for a residence order in the following cases:
Parental Responsibility Agreements*
You can apply for a parental responsibility agreement in the following cases:
*Please note, parental responsibility agreements have a different procedure to all other orders and applications. Once you have compiled your questionnaire and we have produced all of your documentation, you simply have to check and sign the paperwork, and attend your local county court with both parties’ passports and the child’s/children’s birth certificates.
Parental Responsibility Orders
You can apply for a parental responsibility order in the following cases:
Visitation Rights (Contact or Access Orders)
Family courts have a principle called “presumption of contact,” under which they have to do everything possible for biological parents to see their children.
You can apply for a contact order if you are:
Certain other people can apply if one of the parents:
The other people who can apply in those cases are as follows:
The Judge will take the following into consideration:
These might seem possibly weighted against you, but the sole intent is for the welfare of the child. In the vast majority of cases – well over 90% of all Contact Orders are granted.
If you need clarification on any of the above, please call our customer care phone line on 0800 8405 437 for assistance on assessing the validity of your application. Custody Action UK is here to help you from the initial assessment stage, right through to the official submission of your application, making the process as easy and as stress free as possible.
Stage 2 – Letter before Action
Often, applying through the courts can be a lengthy process that you simply don’t want to embark on when you want to see your children as soon as possible. Custody Action UK specialise in this field of trying to get you the best outcome, in the shortest period of time. Whether you are applying for custody, parental responsibility or contact, we can try to negotiate your terms with the other parent out of court, to try and come to form of arrangement that you are happy with.
This part of our service is not mandatory, and if you wish to proceed straight to court and avoid out of court settlement negotiations then this is an option you can take. We simply try and obtain you the most positive outcome in the least possible amount of time!
Often a third party letter from "Custody Action UK" or one of our family law lawyers is all it takes for a negotiated arrangement to take place!
*Ensure please details of your contact proposal is contained within your questionnaire as this will prevent any further delay.
Stage 3 – Making Your Application
Your claim must be submitted on an officially approved court form that must contain information such as yours and the other parent’s name and address, details of your application and whether or not you feel any harm is likely to come to the child. Custody Action UK assists you throughout the entire process, providing all the information you will need to submit your application, along with telephone operators to assist you every step of the way. No other online provider can provide this level of service to their customers.
Dependant on the service level you require, it is as simple as completing an online questionnaire specially geared towards your needs and requirements. Based on this, we can produce all the court documentation you will require, out of court arrangement letters and professional legal advice from your very own dedicated family law lawyer. We do ask that you be very precise.
Stage 4 – Submission of Application
Dependant on the service level you require, we can complete and post all your documentation out to you first class, for you to check, sign and submit to your local county court. We can even email your completed documentation to you for you to download and print to save time.
Your application will not be accepted if (i) you have not used an approved form, (ii) given incomplete information, or (iii) not completed each and every aspect of your court forms, this is why you should sign up to Custody Action UK today, let us ensure that your claim is submitted correctly, and in time for your rights to be acknowledged enabling you to spend your valuable time with your children.
Stage 5 – Acceptance of Application
If your application is accepted, you will receive a hearing date from the court and a case number. A copy of your application will then be sent to the other parent asking them to attend the hearing.
Stage 6 – The Hearing
The Judge will decide the next steps or conclusion of your case at the hearing.