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Increasing Demand For Coles Miller's Child Law Solicitors18th May 2016

by Nicola Wootten on 18th May 2016

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Today’s Queen’s Speech will provide greater insight into how the state intends to deliver and promote care in future.

We already know the Government is planning new laws to encourage the permanent adoption of children - even when it overrides family ties.child care solicitor Nicola Wootten of Coles Miller, Poole

Last month the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service reported 1,221 local authority applications to take children into care. That is 28 per cent up on April 2015.

Our child law solicitors have seen a similar increase in demand across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset as more families seek their expert legal advice.

What is driving this sudden rise? We believe that reduced court fees are playing a significant part.

The courts have now halved the price they charge local authorities for making an application. So councils can now afford to make more law executive Julie Keogh, Coles Miller, Poole

In an ideal world, costs should not matter when one is dealing with the future of children but most authorities will tell you their budgets are badly stretched.

Many families at the centre of these cases assume - wrongly - that Legal Aid is no longer available for children matters.

Legal Aid is being denied in divorce cases. So people mistakenly believe this applies to child care applications as well.

It does not. Legal Aid is still alive and well as far as many children matters are concerned.

Legal Aid is available for public law care matters - although it is not always available for private law children matters such as child arrangement orders.  

Coles Miller is included in the local authority lists of solicitors specialising in cases involving children. Family solicitor Nicola Wootten is an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel.

For expert legal advice on child care applications and other family law matters, contact Nicola Wootten or family law executive Julie Keogh at Coles Miller’s Poole office, 01202 355695.

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