Solicitors for Special Guardianship Orders in Sheffield, Leeds & York: Guardianship of a Child

The family law team at Lupton Fawcett understands that the well-being of a child is paramount and has helped provide expert advice on applying for Special Guardian Orders to many clients in the past.

If you require assistance with a Special Guardian Order, or would like to know more about what it means, contact our Yorkshire-based solicitors today. You can either call us on 0333 323 5292, or fill in the enquiry form on this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What is a Special Guardianship Order?

A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s “Special Guardian.” That person or persons will be granted Parental Responsibility for the child and is entitled to exercise that Parental Responsibility to the exclusion of any other person who has Parental Responsibility for the child but is not a Special Guardian.  The special guardian makes the day to day decisions on upbringing. The birth parents retain very limited rights.

Who can apply for a Special Guardianship Order?

Any person who is 18 years old or over and not a parent of the child.

They must fulfil certain criteria which is set out in the Children Act 1989 which includes:

  • having the wishes and feelings of the children in mind;
  • adhering to their physical, emotional and educational needs;
  • meeting characteristics which the court sees as relevant;
  • being found incapable of causing harm to children; and
  • showing evidence of how the child’s parents are incapable of providing for their needs

What are the responsibilities of a Special Guardian?

If a Special Guardianship Order is made it means you will:

  • have responsibility of the child’s welfare
  • need to provide a foundation for a lifelong, permanent relationship
  • maintain a link with the child’s birth parents; and
  • you are able to pass on your surname to the child (if the court gives permission)

How long does it take to get an Order?

The relevant Local Authority must be given 3 months written notice of an individual’s intention to apply to the Court for a Special Guardianship Order. Once that period of time has lapsed, the individual can apply to court.  The application will be served on the child’s parents and any other person who may hold Parental Responsibility for the child. The Court will require the Local Authority to undertake a Special Guardianship Report which is an in depth assessment carried out by a Social Worker, which will recommend whether or not a Special Guardianship Order should be made.

Contact us for help

The family law team at Lupton Fawcett understands that the well-being of a child is paramount and has provided expert advice on special guardian orders to many clients in the past.

With well-established offices of highly experienced solicitors in LeedsSheffield and York we provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

Our Family Law Solicitors act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York and Nottingham.  We can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

For a no obligation initial consultation please either call the office or leave your details using the contact form at the top of this page.  We’ll be happy to help.

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