Child law consists of a child’s rights under the Children’s Act, the relationship between children and parents, the child welfare court and international aspects such as child abduction. Our lawyers have extensive experience and insight into the various legal challenges that parents and guardians can face, and we provide assistance in these matters.
The rights of children and parents
We help to clarify the rights of children under the Children Act and specialist legislation, and the ability of parents to make decisions on behalf of their children. The legislation in this area is diverse, and covers issues such as schooling and education, health and ethical views, guardianship, financial conditions.
Child custody and access rights
It is important to protect children as much as possible when it concerns separation. The focus of the Children Act is ensuring that all decisions made under the Act are based on solutions which are in the best interests of the child. The legislation recognises the importance of amicable solutions, and the focus is therefore often on amicable solutions through mediation. This is partly done through the courts. We advise both on judicial and extra-judicial mediation and on necessary legal steps in such cases.
International aspects, including child abduction
The last 10 years has seen an increase in the number of partnerships/marriages involving persons from different countries. In connection with separation, questions may arise about the country in which a child should live. We have experience of child abduction from foreign countries to Norway and from Norway to foreign countries. This requires the intervention of the “central authorities” in the countries involved. We assist private individuals in handling such situations.