Child Law

Very often, for a variety of reasons, children are removed from the care of their parents. It is during this most difficult and stressful time that we see individuals seeking assistance with ensuring that they’re children are safe and usually looking for advice on when they can return home.

This is an area of law in which we have a wealth of experience. Our principal civil solicitor spent the majority of her career to date working as a solicitor for the Local Authority providing advice and guidance to social work on the child law legislation. She is therefore hugely knowledgeable in this area and has had the benefit of years of having to provide advice from the other side. This has proven invaluable on return to private practice when looking at the law from a different perspective.

We provide regular assistance in the following areas:

  • Children’s Panel Proceedings
  • Grounds of Referral Proofs
  • Child Protection Order Proceedings
  • Adoptions
  • Permanence Orders

We represent individuals who may wish to oppose a Permanence Order or an Adoption Order being pursued in relation to their child(ren).

In addition to that we regularly lodge applications in court seeking the grant of an Adoption Order for individuals wishing to adopt a child(ren).At Basten Sneddon we can discuss different costs options with you in relation to our fees. We can identify whether or not you may be eligible for Legal Aid to assist with costs. If possible we may be able to offer a fixed fee option to give you peace of mind in terms of financial exposure.

If you are seeking advice on any aspect of child law call us on 01383 621144 Dunfermline, 01592 725130 Glenrothes or e mail us at