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Simple, Easy-to-Understand Special Guardianship Advice

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22rgba%2849%2C68%2C85%2C0.70%29%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-style%22%3A%22normal%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2218px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2227px%22%7D%7D”]Special guardianship orders provide you with parental responsibility that allow long-term caregivers to take more control over the care of a child. If a special guardianship order is granted, a special guardian will have enhanced rights and responsibilities as well as the option to override a parent’s views during conflict.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23314455%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-style%22%3A%22normal%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]Our child care solicitors are experts in this area, having helped many families and foster carers in the past to obtain parental rights and responsibilities providing long term security for children. What’s more, we offer simple, easy-to-understand special guardianship advice without any legal jargon.

We promise to:

  • Remove lawyer-speak where possible and explain any legal phrases you’ll need to know as part of your case.
  • Be responsive — via email, phone, video call or any other form of communication you prefer.
  • Remember the little things and consider your unique family unit in everything we do relating to your case.

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Please call us on 01482 300 200 or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will be delighted to help you.

“Very professional service received from Lockings Solicitors, and will definitely use again.” – Linda[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22%23EBEBEB%22%2C%22padding-left%22%3A%2250px%22%7D%7D” el_class=”service_faq”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Special Guardianship Orders FAQs” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”1. What is a special guardianship order?” tab_id=”1620377447718-01c513a1-8e81″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]A special guardianship order is a legal order granted by a court to appoint one or more people to be special guardians for a child. These types of orders are made when a child is unable to live with birth parents, sometimes due to safeguarding issues. Often, a special guardianship order is linked with previous care proceedings.

Once granted, special guardians act as a legally secure placement throughout childhood. As a special guardian, you will have enhanced parental responsibility and the ability to make vital decisions relating to a child’s upbringing. Importantly, special guardians can override parent’s views during conflict.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”2. What is the process of obtaining a special guardianship order?” tab_id=”1620377447764-7fbddfa9-1d93″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]Special guardianship orders are initiated by you notifying the local authority that you wish to apply for an order. We can assist you with this process. The local authority will complete an assessment and make recommendations as to whether a special guardianship order is in the best interests of a child.

If your case moves forward, the Local Authority will create a support plan outlining any practical and financial support the special guardian will be entitled to in the long term — and what is expected of the local authority and special guardians during the placement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”3. How does a special guardianship order differ from private adoption?” tab_id=”1620377566174-43ccafaa-6fb3″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]Unlike special guardianship orders, private adoption removes a birth parent’s legal rights and responsibilities and transfers them to an adoptive parent. Special guardians have enhanced parental rights, meaning they can override a birth parent’s decision but the parents retain parental responsibility ensuring that the legal relationship between a birth parent and their child is retained.

As part of special guardianship orders, the court will consider arrangements for contact between the birth parent(s) and the child to help facilitate this relationship.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”4. What should I look for in a special guardianship order solicitor?” tab_id=”1620377609716-0ebc5928-ffd2″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]You require a solicitor who has particular expertise in this complex area. Our child care solicitors have experience in dealing with applications to the court for special guardianship orders. We can advise you on whether a special guardianship order is the right order for you and the child and assist you through the whole process.

We have expertise in scrutinising the support plans provided by the local authority and will help you in ensuring the plan provides for the child’s physical and emotional needs throughout their childhood.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][us_btn label=”Have more questions? Speak to a special guardianship order solicitor for a free, no-obligation chat” link_type=”onclick” style=”4″ align=”center” el_class=”popmake-931″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row height=”auto” width=”1″ columns_gap=”0″][vc_column stretch=”1″][us_page_block id=”1236″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row us_bg_image_source=”media” us_bg_image=”71″ us_bg_overlay_color=”rgba(0,49,68,0.9)” el_class=”why-choose-desktop” hide_on_states=”default,laptops,tablets,mobiles”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Why Choose Us?” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%7D%7D”][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%2260px%22%7D%7D” gap=”15px”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”877″ title=”Direct Laywer Contact” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]Speak to a qualified special guardianship order solicitor from the moment you get in touch. No awkward chatbots or intermediaries, just professional and friendly lawyers who can offer the advice you need.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”880″ title=”No Hidden Costs” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]Our fair and clear pricing model means you’ll always know how much we charge. With us, you don’t have to worry about hidden costs.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”881″ title=”Clear Communication” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]We don’t use confusing lawyer-speak. We offer expert advice in straightforward, jargon-free language via your preferred communication method.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%2260px%22%7D%7D” gap=”15px”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”883″ title=”Free Initial Chat” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]Start a no-obligation chat with a special guardianship order solicitor today to see if we’re a good fit for you and your family.
[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”884″ title=”Same-day Response” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]We’re here to help you become a special guardian as quickly as possible. We won’t make you wait for the response you need. You’ll hear from our solicitors within one working day.
[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”885″ title=”Flexible Availability” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]We can tailor our services to your needs to help you obtain a special guardianship order and provide a safe, secure upbringing for the child in your care.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][us_btn label=”Find out more” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lockin.gs%2Fwhy-choose-us%2F|title:Why%20Choose%20Us” style=”5″ align=”center” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%231DB055%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22center%22%2C%22margin-top%22%3A%2240px%22%7D%7D”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row us_bg_image_source=”media” us_bg_image=”71″ us_bg_overlay_color=”rgba(0,49,68,0.9)” el_class=”why-choose-mobile” hide_on_states=”default,laptops,tablets,mobiles”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Why Choose Us?” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%7D%7D”][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%2260px%22%7D%7D” gap=”15px”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”877″ title=”Direct Laywer Contact” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]Speak to a qualified special guardianship order solicitor from the moment you get in touch. No awkward chatbots or intermediaries, just professional and friendly lawyers who can offer the advice you need.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”880″ title=”No Hidden Costs” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]Our fair and clear pricing model means you’ll always know how much we charge. With us, you don’t have to worry about hidden costs.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%2260px%22%7D%7D” gap=”15px”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”881″ title=”Clear Communication” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]We don’t use confusing lawyer-speak. We offer expert advice in straightforward, jargon-free language via your preferred communication method.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”883″ title=”Free Initial Chat” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]Start a no-obligation chat with a special guardianship order solicitor today to see if we’re a good fit for you and your family.
[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%2260px%22%7D%7D” gap=”15px”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”884″ title=”Same-day Response” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]We’re here to help you become a special guardian as quickly as possible. We won’t make you wait for the response you need. You’ll hear from our solicitors within one working day.
[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_iconbox icon=”” img=”885″ title=”Flexible Availability” title_size=”24px” title_tag=”h3″ color=”custom” icon_color=”#ffffff” size=”50px” iconpos=”left” alignment=”left” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23ffffff%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22left%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]We can tailor our services to your needs to help you obtain a special guardianship order and provide a safe, secure upbringing for the child in your care.[/us_iconbox][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][us_btn label=”Find out more” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lockin.gs%2Fwhy-choose-us%2F|title:Why%20Choose%20Us” style=”5″ align=”center” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%231DB055%22%2C%22text-align%22%3A%22center%22%2C%22margin-top%22%3A%2240px%22%7D%7D”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row height=”auto” content_placement=”middle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22linear-gradient%28to%20right%2C%23FFF%2050%25%2C%20%231DB055%2050%25%29%22%7D%2C%22tablets%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22rgba%28255%2C255%2C255%2C0.00%29%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22rgba%28255%2C255%2C255%2C0.00%29%22%7D%7D” el_class=”service_form”][vc_column][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%2280px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%2280px%22%7D%2C%22tablets%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%2280px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%2280px%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%2250px%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%2C%22tablets%22%3A%7B%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%7D” width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Speak Privately about Special Guardianship” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23314455%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%20Black%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2240px%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23314455%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%2232px%22%7D%7D”]We offer a free and confidential, initial chat with a child care solicitor for anyone considering whether a special guardianship order is right for them, We can also advise you on whether legal aid or funding from the local authority may be available to you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner css=”%7B%22tablets%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22%231DB055%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22%231DB055%22%7D%7D” el_id=”formgrvaity” width=”1/2″][gravityform id=”1″ title=”true” description=”true” ajax=”true” tabindex=”78956″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]