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Child Law – What is the Children Act 1989?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-

The Children Act 1989 is the statute (i.e. the law) which states what a court can or cannot do when making orders about children. It covers all different kinds of situations, such as child residence, child contact and changing a …

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Child Law – What is the ‘welfare checklist’?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitors explain;-

When a court is considering any decision about the well-being and upbringing of a child then the child’s welfare should always be the priority of the judge. The welfare checklist sets out for the court and the professionals all the areas that must …

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Child Law – What is the ‘no order principle’?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitors explain;-

This is a really important principle that the court must always consider. The court must start from the position that no order shall be made unless the court ‘considers that doing so would be better for the child than …

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Child Law – What is a Section 37 (s37) report?

Family Solicitors

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-

When, during any private law proceedings under the Children Act 1989, i.e. proceedings for child contact and child residence, a question arises about the welfare of the child, and it seems to the court that it might be appropriate for …

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The Mediation Protocol and the Family Proceedings Rules 2010

Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitor explains;-

The new Family Proceedings Rules were introduced on 6th April 2011. The rules reform the existing procedures for Family Law.

One of the main introductions contained within the rules is the inclusion of compulsory mediation within divorce proceedings. This means that all separating and …

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Child Protection – Things to remember.

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-

Involvement with Social Services can be a very worrying time and you might have been told that you do not need a solicitor. It is very important that you do seek independent legal advice before agreeing to a working agreement or placement. We offer free no …

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Child Protection Plan – What happens next?

Our Child Protection Solicitors in Middlesbrough explain;-

At the Child Protection Conference, a date will be agreed for your first Core Group Meeting, which you will need to attend. Solicitors do not usually attend these meetings as they are informal and relaxed, but in some circumstances you can request that …

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Can a Solicitor come to my Child Protection Conference?

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor for Child Protection explains;-

Yes. Parents, carers and children are entitled to have a Solicitor present with them at a Child Protection Conference. The role of a Solicitor at a CPC is as an advisor and to offer support to the client. However, in some circumstances where …

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Who can attend a Child Protection Conference?

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains;-

The parents or carers of the child will be invited to attend. The child may be invited to attend all or part of the conference, but only if they are of sufficient age and maturity to understand the procedure.

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What is a Child Protection Conference?

Our Middlesbrough Solicitor explains the Child Protection procedure;-

 I have been told that the Local Authority is starting child protection procedures; what does this mean?

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