Services / Child Law Solicitors
Our experienced Child Law Solicitors work closely with parents and will always offer a kind and supportive service. We go the extra mile with a view to achieving the best possible outcome in each case. We aim to work together to safeguard children.
How our Child Law Solicitors can help you
When Children’s Services at the local authority become involved with your family, it can be a stressful and frightening time for parents, grandparents and the wider family.
As the largest child protection team in Norwich, we specialise in working with parents who have disputes with Children’s Services. Carly Sullivan is on the Children’s Panel and is able to represent children within court proceedings, as well as provide child law advice.
We can provide Legal Aid funding to represent eligible parents in care proceedings.
Child Law and Coronavirus
During these uncertain times, we continue to provide a fully supportive service for our clients. We work hard to continue to progress cases even when we have not been able to see parents face to face.
We can offer a completely remote service for parents if required and will work with you to establish how best we are able to meet your legal needs.
For information regarding private child law disputes, please visit our dedicated page in the Family section of our website: Private Child Law
Child Custody Disputes
When a relationship breaks down, parents need to decide arrangements for their children. We have specialist solicitors who are experienced in these matters and can assist you with any dispute in respect of children.
We provide assistance in cases where a local authority has asked the court to make a Care Order or Supervision Order of a child at risk from suffering.
Section 20 Agreements
If the Local Authority (usually referred to as Children’s Services) are asking parents to sign a Section 20 Agreement, it means that you are agreeing to your child/children to live elsewhere for a period of time.
Revoking care, adoption or placement orders
After an Child Arrangements Order has been made, it is possible in certain circumstances for applications to be made to the court to revoke or discharge care or placement orders.
What is a Special Guardianship Order?
A Special Guardianship Order is an order made by the Family Courts which places a child with someone other than their parents. The person or persons with whom the child is placed becomes their Special Guardian or Special Guardians.
Children’s Services may decide to call a PLO or Pre-Proceedings Meeting (also known as Letter Before Action Meeting) if they have serious concerns about your children.
When children are faced with immediate danger, emergency remedies may be required to safeguard their welfare until more permanent decisions for their care can be made.