How Can We Help You?Care and Child Protection
Care cases are cases involving the Local Authority/Social Care. Under the Children Act 1989 the Court must always consider what is in the best interests of the child and the welfare of the child is always paramount.
We are able to deal with the full range of matters in the Family Courts and High Court:
- Care Orders
- Supervision Orders
- Emergency Protection Orders, and
- Placement Orders, including interim Orders and applications made on an urgent basis
We specialise in cases where there has been serious injury to the child(ren) involved.
Where possible you should contact us as soon as possible so that we are involved right from the beginning. However we are able to provide advice and support at whatever stage your case is at.
We are able to deal with all aspects of a case, from initial advice through to representation at Court hearings. Our work includes Case Conferences, Advocates Meetings and Reviews.
This is one of only a very few areas where free legal advice through public funding is available to parents or carers of if court proceedings are being considered (through PLO meetings) or have been taken. For other family members funding may also be available.
Getting divorced can be a stressful intrusion on your family life. Although some divorces are straightforward many can become particularly difficult where there are children involved and if your spouse will not agree to the divorce. Once you have made the difficult decision to divorce we understand the last thing you want is for the divorce to drag on.
You have to prove the irretrievable break down of the marriage and our specialist lawyers are able to advise you on the best way to prove this on the individual circumstances of your case. They will guide you through each step ensuring the correct paperwork is lodged at the Court and with your spouse.
If your relationship breaks down, the rules are the same that govern divorce. The partnership needs to be formally dissolved. We are able to assist with all aspects of this process.
Trying to reach an agreement over what is in the best interests of children of the family can be one of the most difficult and emotional tasks when dealing with separation. It is best for everyone if an agreement can be reached without any court intervention however we know this is not always possible. If no agreement can be reached as to where the children should live and the amount of contact they should have with the parent they don’t live with then the Court are able to make decisions. The main consideration of the court at all times is that the interests of the children are paramount. The parents do not have rights, but responsibilities. The Court process can be lengthy, difficult and emotional.
We can also advise on issues such as:
- Where the children should go to school
- Whether one parent can relocate to another place in the UK or out of the Jurisdiction
We also offer advice and assistance if one parent does not return the children to the primary carer after contact.
Domestic Violence is often wrongly defined at physical violence between couples who are in an intimate relationship. We recognise that Domestic Violence comes in many different forms including verbal, sexual, financial, physical and psychological, and can also take place between various different family members.
We know that if someone makes the difficult decision to speak out about an abusive, threatening or harassing relationship action needs to be taken quickly. We pride ourselves on being able to meet with a client the same day and if necessary seek emergency Court action, either the same day or the next working day.
We will where appropriate advise that if you are suffering domestic violence you should always contact the police and notify them of the situation. This will in most cases prove useful when attending Court.
There are two types of orders that you can apply for:
- Non-Molestation Order (also commonly referred to as an Injunction)
- Occupation Order
A Non-Molestation Order prevents a spouse, ex-spouse or family member from using or threatening violence against you. This order can be obtained with or without the other side having notice of your Court application. If an order is granted this usually lasts for 6 or 12 months and breach of any such order is a criminal offence.
An Occupation Order is a court Order which states who can live in a family home or go within its surrounding area. These orders are often made along side a Non-Molestation Order.
We understand that obtaining a Court Order may be the first step in re-building your life. We therefore feel it is important to assist you in finding support from other relevant organisations. Additional forms of assistance that can be of immense importance include:
- National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hour advice line 0808 2000 247)
- Women’s Aid
We can assist in obtaining a Forced Marriage Protection Order to protect against a forced marriage or represent those accused of forcing a family member to marry.
We can provide a complete service in the following areas:
- Making a will
- Administering probate
We are experienced in drafting and executing change of name deeds for over 18’s.
We simply require proof of your identity and we are able to prepare such documents in a short space of time.