The Law and Childcare
We work closely with children and families where the fundamental question of who they live or spend time with is in discussion.
Covering the South of England including Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset, and the Isle of Wight, our small, understanding team knows how hard it can be to navigate this emotionally fraught process.
We’re here to provide our legal support and guide you through this complex area.
As a team that includes solicitors that are members of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel, we:
- Know how families are affected by care proceedings and child arrangements disputes
- Understand the law including local authority investigations, final hearings, and the appeals process
- Are available and responsive, making the advice you need available at short notice
Together, our experience and understanding allows us to help you obtain the appropriate support from local agencies and local authorities and resolve residency issues effectively.
We can help with Care Proceedings
When children are subject to child in need or child protection planning, or subject to the public law outline, we give parents and other family members specialist advice.
We also have particular expertise in Private Law
When the Court is asked to make decisions about where a child should live or who they should spend time with, we can represent parents and children directly or via a guardian.
We understand the often sensitive dealing with the most vulnerable clients with mental health issues, learning difficulties, or physical disability.
Cases may include:
- Care Proceedings
- Emergency Protection Orders
- An application for a special guardianship order
- The Public Law Outline and Children’s Services involvement
- Prospective adoptions
- Opposing an adoption order
- Child Arrangements Orders (Residence and Contact Disputes)
- Step-parent adoptions
How it works
We have a Legal Aid Contract with the Legal Aid Agency. As a result, we can undertake work pursuant to the Legal Aid Scheme.
This is available to parents and other parties with parental responsibility who are the subject of proceedings by the Local Authority.
All parents / people with parental responsibility involved in care proceedings are entitled to free legal advice.
Legal Aid is generally unavailable, but may be available in exceptional circumstances. We’re happy to discuss this with you – don’t hesitate to get in touch.
If funding is not available, we’ll provide detailed estimates of our costs and help you assess your ability to pay privately.
Let us support you in finding an effective resolution.
Call us on 01329 823322 or click here to get in touch.