Special Guardianship Orders
Special Guardianship Solicitors
The purpose of a Special Guardianship Order is to enable children, who may otherwise be adopted or remain in the care system to be cared for by members of their own family or others approved to care for them. A Special Guardian cannot be the parent of the child and must be over 18 years old.
The effect of a Special Guardianship Order is that the Special Guardian can make decisions relating to the child without having to consult the child’s parents as to each decision that is made. This can be particularly useful in cases whereby decisions relating to a child’s future would not be made in a timely fashion if the child’s parents had to be consulted. It can also be useful in cases where a child’s parents, for whatever reason, may not always act in the best interests of their child.
We provide free initial telephone consultations for all our clients. Call our specialist Child Law Solicitors now on 0844 800 9860 or contact us online for advice about your specific issue.
Benefits of a Special Guardianship Order
- Decisions about the child and their well-being and future can be made without reference to their parents.
- A Special Guardian Order lasts until the child is 18 years old.
- The parent will be required to lodge an application with the court in order to discharge the Special Guardianship Order.
- A Special Guardian can remove the child from the country for up to 3 months.
- Special Guardianship allowances are payable by the Local Authority to provide for the costs of looking after the child. These are means tested and reviewed annually.
Special Guardian Solicitors
We provide free initial telephone consultations for all our clients. Sometimes Local Authorities are willing to fund this work. Call our specialist Child Law Solicitors now on 0844 800 9860 or contact us online for advice about your specific issue.