Children – Public Law
Care Proceeding Cases, where a local Authority is seeking an Order from the Family Court to promote the welfare of a child under the Children Order (Northern Ireland) 1995, are usually complex and challenging, concerning families with multiple problems.
Head of MKB Law Family Matrimonial Department, Anne Marie Kelly, and Associate Director, Aine Toner, are members of the specialist Children Order Panel accredited by the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Anne Marie is also a member of the Northern Ireland Guardian Ad Litem Agency Panel.
As a Member of the NIGALA Panel, MKB Law is one of a small number of Solicitors in Northern Ireland who demonstrated that they have the expertise and skills to represent children in these Public Law Proceedings either on instruction from NIGALA or directly from the child when the child is deemed to be competent.
At MKB Law we can represent you if the local authority either threatens Proceedings for a Care Order or a Supervision Order or have already removed the children on foot of an Emergency Protection Order.
We will secure access to all Trust Notes and documentation so that you are properly advised as to the full extent of the Application being made against you and how that Application can be contested. We understand that poverty and violent or acrimonious relationships between the parents lead to mental health problems, substance or alcohol abuse and/or involvement with crime. We can ensure that the Trust exercises its statutory remit to ensure that you receive the help you deserve and need in order to secure the return of the children to your care or to ensure that the children are not removed in the first place.
We provide meaningful advice at the pre Proceedings stage, which is the crucial stage in cases where skills of an experienced Child Care Solicitor are required. We will advise you through each stage of the Case Management when Proceedings are issued and assist you to prepare a Statement of Evidence which may in many cases allow your Case to be put forward without the need for you to give evidence. We understand how difficult it is for a parent in these Proceedings to give a good account of themselves in Court when the future of their relationship with their children is at stake.