Child abandonment law


Child abandonment law imposes various penalties on parents who abandon their children. The abandoning of a child occurs when a child is left by their parent/guardian, without the intention of returning to the child to ensure they are safe and well. Under child abandonment law a parent can face a custodial sentence if convicted of abandoning their child.

If a child or children are found to be abandoned, government authorities must intervene to ensure the safety of the child. In most cases, social services step in to take care of the child. Social services will normally make attempts to check if the child has any relatives that the child can stay with temporarily.

Child abandonment law also allows for abandoned children to be adopted by foster parents. Foster parents are couples or individuals who wish to take legal parental responsibility of children in need. When a child is abandoned, both social services and the courts determine what is best for the child.

Child abandonment law can be a very contentious area of the law. If you require any assistance on this subject then you should contact a specialist. Child abandonment law is an area of family law, and a family law solicitor can help you with all aspects including: 

  • Seeking to taking care of an abandoned child
  • Seeking to recover full-time care of your child if your child has been put into care by the courts following abandonment

If you would like to obtain legal advice and information on child abandonment law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist family / child solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local family / child solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above. 

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