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Child arrangements, social services and domestic violence

Highly experienced Michael Stocken and Katie Williams are our children law experts, specialising in both public and private law children cases. Whether involving social services or a private law matter, it is paramount to receive advice from experts in this specialist area of law.


We represent parents, other family members, children and children’s guardians in all public law proceedings. These include proceedings where the local authority have applied for emergency protection orders and care orders or where parents have applied for contact with children in care and discharge of care orders. We can also advise and assist where children are voluntarily accommodated and will attend child protection conferences. Legal aid is usually granted to all parents and children involved in public law cases, regardless of financial means.


Additionally, we can assist you with applications for non-molestation orders, to prevent the respondent in proceedings from threatening the applicant, or occupation orders, where the respondent is restricted from entering a certain area.


We are also rehearsed in acting for children, parents and family members in other disputes, for example where parents are separated and there are issues with contact with a child or a dispute as to where the child should reside and with whom. We can offer advice where there are other specific issues that need to be resolved or advice upon prohibiting a particular course of action.


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