Children and the law


By Juan Palomino

Child law was designed to protect the welfare of children in the UK, and most of the guidance can be found in the Children Act 1989. Being the parent or legal guardian of a child is a major responsibility; it comes with a range of commitments and responsibilities.

Parental disputes

A specialist solicitor in child law focuses on upholding children’s wellbeing. This is the primary consideration in all instances, even when the parents are facing difficulties such as work relocation, financial changes, injuries, and divorce. Regardless of the circumstance parents or legal guardians need to keep their focus on the future of the child and not concentrate on personal disputes.
When you are facing family issues, you are likely to need the help of a solicitor. For instance, if you are facing a divorce then instructing a family law solicitor is necessary in order for any custody arrangements so that no child loses contact with any of the parents.

Advice for grandparents

In accordance with the Children Act 1989, children´s grandparents have legal rights in relation to the children. Normally, this right will not be considered to be on the same level as that of parents or legal guardians, but grandparents may seek legal advice or instruct a family solicitor if they have concerns for the wellbeing of their grandchild.

Specialist solicitors will always seek to find the best solution for the children, this is the primary consideration but often other family members’ interests will be taken into account to some degree. If you are facing a legal matter then instructing a specialist solicitor is crucial. This is particularly the case if you are a non-residential parent.

If you are looking for specialist solicitors then Caven has a network of solicitors across the UK. If you would like more information or help finding a solicitor then please contact us on 08001 221 2299 and let our dedicated case handlers match you to the right solicitor for your needs.

Juan Palomino is one of Caven’s most knowledgeable case handlers with extensive experience in this matter from dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis.

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