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Step Parents & Legal Rights

Many of us understand the challenges - and the joy - of jointly parenting a partner’s children. Who hasn’t heard “you can’t tell me what to do because you aren’t my dad!” and then sometimes, magically “I love you - you’re like my second mum”. Rewarding? Never a dull moment!

We offer two bespoke sets of services for Step-Parents

  • Creating Your Modern Family for Step-Parents; and
  • Resolving Modern Family Disputes.

Each of these services are delivered by our specialist family lawyers with expertise and empathy.

Creating Your Modern Family for Step-Parents

Creating Your Modern Family for Step-Parents is about creating or completing your modern family by:

  • Step-Parent Parental Responsibility
  • Step-Parent Adoption
  • Change of Name

You may also find the Blended families page helpful.

Creating your Modern Family for Step-Parents is about agreement and collaboration between you and people you love and trust. It is about what we can do to help you put your shared vision for your family into legal reality.

Resolving Modern Family Disputes

Resolving Modern Family Disputes for Step-Parents is about what to do when things don’t go as planned, for example your step-child’s mother won’t agree to you taking the child on holiday with your own children or they don’t return the child after contact. We strongly believe that it is always better to keep talking and keep trying to resolve things rather than start a battle, if it can be avoided. However, rest assured that we will robustly pursue your case if negotiation doesn’t work.

Resolving Modern Family Disputes includes:

  • Abduction & International Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Care Proceedings
  • Change of Name
  • Child Arrangements Order
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Relocation
  • Special Guardianship Order
  • Specific Issue Order
  • Wardship & Inherent Jurisdiction

Our specialist family lawyers will advise, represent and support you through any contested family proceedings. Our service will be bespoke. Our aim will be to secure the outcome you seek without destroying family relationships along the way.

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