Personal Services Children

Because their future matters

Expert legal advice for parents around children, adoption and separations

When children are involved everyone wants what’s best for their future. From who has parental responsibility to when a child sees each parent, we’re here to work through all your questions — and help you reach an agreement that works.

Learn about how our team can help you on all matters involving children.




Find out more about legal issues around children call us on 01803 403403 to talk to us about your situation.

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Kate Barton is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel of expert solicitors and heads our Children’s Team. Gary Watson is one of a very few lawyers in the South West accredited as an Advanced Member of the Law Society’s family panel, specialising in complex assets cases.

From the first time we meet we’ll take the time to really get to know you, so that we understand the intricacies of what you need. We offer you clear, legal advice from experts in each field of law so that you can make the best decision for you. We put you first. We listen. And offer you a personal service that you can depend on.

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Our friendly team of experts are here to guide you through the issues and legal processes involved around children, separation and adoption so that your family can move forwards.

When a relationship breaks down and children are involved there are lots of difficult details to work through. Every family is different and what works for one may not work for another, we work with you to reach the right outcomes for your family. We’ll help you to work out practical arrangements such as;

  • where and with whom children will live
  • when they will see the other parent
  • what rights grandparents have

We can also help with advice and support on more unusual situations such as whether a child should;

  • be allowed to go and live in another country
  • receive medical treatment
  • attend a particular school

Reaching an agreement for your children

We’re here to provide constructive and pragmatic advice to help you reach an agreement. And if that isn’t possible, we’ll advise you on alternatives such as attending mediation or court proceedings. And of course, we’ll always provide clear information on the cost of each course of action.

We do not provide work under the Legal Aid Scheme but our team are happy to advise and represent family members in relation to care proceedings in circumstances where Legal Aid is not available – please get in touch to find out more.

“I can’t speak or put into words how highly I rate Kate Barton as a Family Lawyer and as a person. I understand Kate was only doing her job but I feel she went above and beyond when dealing with my case which meant a lot to me and my three beautiful children.”

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We understand it can be difficult to take the first step and talk to a lawyer about your situation.  With Boyce Hatton, that first step is easy; simply complete the form below and we will contact you at a time convenient for you. We are here to listen, to understand your circumstances and offer some initial guidance so you can make the right decisions for you.

Need help? Call us on 01803 403403 for a free, confidential discussion with one of our team or get in touch online.


Our reputation for trusted advice, legal expertise and supportive guidance brings clients back to us again and again.

  • divorce & family
  • wills trust & probate
  • property
  • disputes
  • personal injury

Call us on 01803 403403

We’re here to help with your personal legal issue, however sensitive.