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What is a Special Guardianship Order?

A Special Guardianship Order gives a Special Guardian the ability to make decisions regarding the day to day care of a child or young person, including making decisions about aspects of their upbringing, such as their health and education. This Special Guardian could be a relative such as an aunt, uncle, grandparent or godparent, or a close family friend.

In situations where a child cannot live with their birth parents, but adoption is also not suitable, a Special Guardianship Order can be made.

Under a Special Guardianship Order the birth parents retain their legal parental responsibility but they are limited in their ability to exercise this. As a result, unlike adoption where once the child is adopted the legal relationship between birth parents and child ends, a Special Guardianship Order allows the relationship between child and birth parents to stay intact.  The Special Guardian however has enhanced parental responsibility for the child and can make most decisions without the consent of the parents with parental responsibility.

Why use Rotheras for Special Guardianship Orders?

We can advise on your suitability as a Special Guardian.

We can assist with applications for Special Guardianship Orders, includingcollating the relevant information and preparing the application.

We are on the Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme (also known as the Children Panel).

We can advise on situations where conflict has arisen between the birth parents and Special Guardian.

We can advise special guardians in situations where they are looking to adopt the child under their guardianship, change their surname or relocate them for more than three months.

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Ann-Marie Bowman

Ann-Marie Bowman

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Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rotheras. Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in Family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.

Sally Hartland

Sally Hartland

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Sally Hartland is a Family, Matrimonial and Child Law specialist based at our offices in The Lace Market. Sally specialises and regularly represents both parents and grandparents in care proceedings.

Ruth Tyas

Ruth Tyas

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Ruth specialises in all aspects of family law and since 2010 she has been an accredited specialist in private law children matters and in domestic abuse where urgent protective remedies are required.

Rebecca Lister

Rebecca Lister

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Rebecca Lister is a Solicitor within our Family Department and specialises in children and child care proceedings, regularly representing parents during care proceedings.

Chris Bradshaw

Chris Bradshaw

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Chris specialises in children matters and provides support to Ann-Marie Bowman.

Sue Dutton

Sue Dutton

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Sue Dutton is a Legal Executive in the Family and Childcare department at Rotheras and is based at our Long Eaton office.

Skyler Broadhead

Skyler Broadhead

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Skyler Broadhead is a Senior Paralegal in Rotheras Solicitors Child Care department and is based at our Lace Market office.

Beccy Rodham

Beccy Rodham

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Beccy Rodham is a Paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.

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