We specialise in all family law matters involving children, from assisting with arrangements for children after divorce and relationship breakdown to advising on special guardianship orders where a child’s parents cannot look after the child themselves.

John Randle is a highly experienced family lawyer who works with families in Oxford, London and nationwide. With over 35 years’ experience, John is adept at handling high value and complex matters, such as the international relocation of children and matters involving children of high profile and high net worth parents. We advise and represent clients on all private law cases involving children.

The areas that we cover include:

  • Parental responsibility
  • Live with orders (residence)
  • Spend time with orders (contact and access)
  • Specific issue orders (medical & schooling disputes)
  • Prohibited steps orders (orders preventing certain actions)
  • Child maintenance
  • Special guardianship orders (Extended family caring for children)
  • Married & unmarried parents
  • Surrogacy (See International Surrogacy Page)
  • International relocation of children

Settling out of court is often the best way to help children through difficult experiences such as the separation of their parents. John Randle is a member of the family law network, Resolution, and is committed to helping families remove the risk of conflict from family law and avoid court proceedings wherever possible.

We also regularly represent clients in family courts, handling a wide range of children related court applications skilfully and as cost effectively as possible. Our team have a strong track record of achieving positive results for our clients.

We understand how difficult these types of matters can be; you only want what is best for your children and it is hard to know how to achieve that. We will explain all your options in plain English so that you can make an informed decision about the best way to move forward. Our team are always more than happy to answer your questions so please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.

Contact our children law solicitor in Oxford

To discuss your requirements with a practical, empathetic children law solicitor in Oxford, please call 01865 339319 or email john@johnrandleassociates.com.

Why John Randle Associates is the right choice for your family

Over 35 years’ experience

John Randle has dedicated his career to advising and representing individuals with family law matters. He has strong experience representing professional and high net worth individuals with complex matters.

Nationwide expertise

Our clients come from all over the UK as well as Oxford and London. John Randle also has considerable expertise advising clients with international links around the world.

Independently recognised expertise

John Randle is ranked Band 1 (the highest ranking) for Family/Matrimonial Law in Oxford and the surrounding area by prestigious client guide, Chambers & Partners. This means that John is recognised as a leading family law expert with the ability to handle complex and high value cases for clients across the UK.

A welcoming, personal service

We are known for our warm, empathetic touch during what are often very emotional times. We are not just here to provide practical legal advice, we are here to provide emotional support and do whatever we can to help you overcome the challenges facing your family.

Our children law services

Arrangements for children upon relationship breakdown

We can help parents work out a suitable arrangement for their children after divorce, dissolution or separation. Whether the break up has just happened or you need advice about historical child arrangements, we can provide clear advice and help you find a way forward. In most cases, we are able to help parents negotiate a long-term parenting plan, but we are also able to apply for a range of children related court orders, including:

  • Child arrangements orders – about where children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent
  • Specific issue orders – to make a particular decision, such as where the child should go to school
  • Prohibited steps orders – to stop someone with parental responsibility making a particular decision, such as whether a parent can take the child abroad

Parental responsibility advice for unmarried parents

Parental responsibility is the rights and responsibilities associated with raising a child. It is not the same as parenthood, so it is important to make sure that you have parental responsibility.

We can provide advice about acquiring parental responsibility, for example, by making a parental responsibility agreement with the mother or applying to court.

Special guardianship orders

We can help you apply to become a special guardian for a child who cannot live with their birth parents. Our children lawyers approach these types of matters with sensitivity to help you achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of the child involved.


John Randle is a nationally recognised surrogacy expert, particularly international surrogacy. With over 11 years specialising in this area, we can assist with all issues, including obtaining parental orders for couples whose child is a resident abroad.

International relocation

We can provide clear, practical advice about all international children law issues, including relocating children abroad (or preventing a child from moving abroad). These matters are often complex and highly emotive; we will help you work through the issues as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Contact our children law solicitor in Oxford

To discuss your requirements with a practical, empathetic children law solicitor in Oxford, please call 01865 339319 or email john@johnrandleassociates.com.

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    • For every problem there has been on my case, John always has a Plan B.
      Chambers 2019
    • He is very approachable and explains everything as well.
      Chambers 2019
    • Works incredibly hard for clients, and builds up strong empathy with clients while remaining objective and discerning.
      Chambers & Partners 2017
    • John Randle is efficient, calm, approachable, and realistic.
      Legal 500 - 2014
    • I received excellent service from John Randle. I could not have got through my case without all his help and support over the last 2 years.
      Mrs M
    • I would heartily recommend your services…..in such a stressful circumstance, it was such a relief to have someone of your calibre in my corner.
      Mrs C
    • John came highly recommended to me …..from the start of my case to its conclusion John was sympathetic, resolute with your advice and kept me focused and grounded. I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me.
      Mrs H