1. Step 1 Get a court to decide your child arrangements

    You can only apply for a court to make a decision if you've tried mediation or your family are at risk, for example domestic abuse.

    1. Hire a lawyer to represent you £110 to £410 per hour
    2. or
    3. Represent yourself in court


    1. Apply for a court order £215
    2. Find the right court to send your application
    3. Get help with court fees

    The court will send you a date for your first hearing 4 to 6 weeks after your application. You'll be told when and where your hearing will take place.