In these unprecedented times, Axiom Stone Solicitors will, in common with other businesses, be following the Government's official advice on social distancing and social isolating.

Public health measures must have the highest priority and, as a result, some staff will be working from home. Also, our offices will be closed to visitors.

However, we wish to reassure existing and potential clients that we will continue to provide the highest levels of service.

Please be assured we have a robust business continuity plan in place that is designed to minimise the impact on our service to you.

In addition, please continue to contact us electronically or by phone in relation to the progress of your matters or on any issues of concern to you.

Until further notice, service of claim forms, application notices and all other court documents and contractual notices must be made to our head office only (we shall not accept service through any other means). Our head office address is at Axiom Stone Solicitors, Axiom House, 1 Spring Villa Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EB. We ask that all other correspondence be sent by email to the relevant member of Axiom Stone Solicitors. In the event that service of court documents or contractual notices is attempted by post, courier, DX, or fax to any address other than that of our Head Office, we cannot provide any assurance that they will be received or processed. We are grateful for your understanding at this time.

We will update this information regularly on our website (Please see COVID-19 Updates Here) and via social media.

Finally, we urge everybody to follow the official advice on fighting the virus outbreak so enabling you to stay safe and well.

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Children Matters

Our family lawyers adopt a collaborative approach to child arrangements and will encourage the parties to try to reach an agreement about the future arrangements for the child.  Our family lawyers understand that the arrangements for the child are quite often the hardest decisions to make when a relationship comes to an end. Unfortunately there are times when it is not possible to reach an agreement when there is a dispute about the child s future arrangements an application the court can be asked to make a determination. When dealing with such applications under the Children Act 1989, the court must consider the welfare of the child and take into account the following matters:

  • The ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in the light of his age and understanding)
  • The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs
  • The likely effect on the child due to any change in his circumstances
  • The child’s age, sex, background and any characteristics of his which the court considers relevant
  • Any harm which the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering
  • How capable each of the child’s parents are, and any other person the court considers the question to be relevant
  • The range of powers available to the court under this Act regarding the proceedings in question

Child arrangements orders

These refer to living with, or spending time with the other parent (previously known as residence or contact orders). We can assist in the following scenarios:

  • If you want to spend time with your child but another parent is frustrating this
  • If there is a dispute about who your child should live with
  • If your child lives with you but you have serious concerns about another parent spending time with your child
  • If you cannot agree with another party how much time each of you should spend with your child
  • If you do not know the whereabouts of your child and want to re-establish your relationship with them
  • If you or the other parent want to relocate to within the jurisdiction, return to their home country or to a different country for work or to be closer to family members

Specific Issue Orders

These are applications on specific issues relating to a child. For example:

  • Whether to change a child’s name,
  • Whether a child should undergo certain medical treatment
  • Which school a child should attend
  • The religious upbringing of a child
  • Whether the child should be able to go on a holiday abroad with the other parent

Prohibited Steps Orders

These limit or prevent what the other parent can do in relation to the child – for instance ensuring that the child is returned to you at the end of a contact session, preventing or removing the child from the jurisdiction.  Our family lawyers will act swiftly to safeguard the child and if necessary make urgent applications.

Issues regarding parental responsibility

These are all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority which by law a parent has in relation to a child and his/her property.  Where a parent is named on the birth certificate that parent will automatically have parental responsibility for the child. If you are not named on the birth certificate we can advise you on the step parents for seeking parental responsibility either by entering into a parental responsibility agreement or in the absence of an agreement by seeking a court order.