MyBump2Baby is committed to ensuring that families have direct access to child law solicitors within the UK. This blog will tell you all you need to know about child law solicitors and what they do, brought to you by our Family Law solicitors in Sleaford, Ringrose Law Solicitors.
Child Law Solicitors – What do they do? | Family Law Solicitor Sleaford
Child Law Solicitors – what they do?
Child Law solicitors are specialists in dealing with the areas of law related to children.
The role of a child law Solicitor is to help with matters including working out arrangements for children following family breakdowns. This can include representing parents, grandparents, guardians and children.
More Specifically Child Law Solicitors typically can assist with
- Child Contact Agreements
- Childcare Proceedings
- Child Maintenance Agreements
- Emergency Protection Orders
- Grandparents Rights
- Child abduction
- Parental Responsibility Orders
Child Contact Agreements
It is of overriding importance for any children involved to have a stable and safe place to live.
When a relationship does break down between two parents, it is more than likely that the child will live primarily with one parent and the other will maintain ‘contact’ at regular, pre-arranged intervals, for example, at weekends.
If a break-up is amicable this can be arranged quite easily, however, if there is animosity between the parents then arranging future child contact agreements can often end up going to Court.
The role of the Child Law Solicitor is to represent the parents through the process and ensure the best outcome for all, particularly the child.
Child Care Proceedings
The Local Authority has a duty to intervene and start Child Care Proceedings if there are concerns that a child is at risk, as a result of the care that they are being given.
If children’s services/social services are becoming involved with your family, the role of a child law Solicitor can help.
The Children law Team at Ringrose Law deal day in day out with families who are involved with the Local Authority and Social Services.
We cannot stress how important it is for you to take legal advice, even if you think you are managing the situation well with Social Services or the Local Authority. Things change quickly and they do have the power to apply to the Court for powers to make decisions to overrule you as a parent or carer for a child. They can only do this if there are grounds that the child is at risk of harm but the Family Courts do not take any risks and if there is even a small element of doubt then they will give the Local Authority the power they need, even on a temporary basis.
Grandparents do not have automatic rights to have contact with their grandchild. However, with the leave of the Court, they can make an application for contact. The Courts will consider whether the grandparents have a valuable role to play in the upbringing of the child. The Courts will also enquire into the past of the grandparents to see if there is a history of violence or abuse, deeming it unsafe for them to have contact. If necessary, an Order will be granted so that the grandparents can have contact with the children or for residence if needed.
We can help
For all children Law matters it is strongly advisable that you seek the specialist advice of a child law Solicitor.
Ringrose Law Solicitors in Lincolnshire have a full team of Solicitors and Case Workers who can assist clients.
We are proud to be accredited by Resolution as a Specialist in the areas of Private Children Law and Domestic Violence.
Hi, I’m Emma and I’m MyBump2aby’s family law, protection and financial editor. I’m passionate about better-informing parents on their choices when it comes to family law and family protection and financial matters.