Child Law

Linda George is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in child law with qualifications in child psychology and development.

Child Law is an extremely specialised field. Our skills in handling children’s issues effectively and considerately can have a lasting impact on how a child comes to terms with what can be one of the most difficult times in their lives. We can assist with the process of Children’s Hearings should you find yourself in this position.  We can help you understand the procedure and effectively put your views across to the Hearing.

Again, the Panel is concerned only with the best interests of the children.  We can correspond with social workers if they are involved in your case. If your case is before the courts we can assist with the court procedure at the first stage and ensure the court are aware of your position and can deal with any matters in dispute.

At Linda George Family Law, we are qualified in both child development and specialist interviewing techniques with the experience to treat children as individuals and communicate with them effectively. So, whether it is dealing with children’s panels, adoptions or representation of the child in the divorce process we are sensitive to their needs.

Surrogacy / Same Sex Parental Agreements

With the best of intentions and the best will in the world, a child can be a much-desired addition to any family unit but issues can and do arise when one parent has rights and one parent has none.  If you are thinking about or already have a child, whether you have benefited from or are thinking about surrogacy, are a heterosexual or same sex couple, married or not, or perhaps your name is not on your child’s birth certificate, then parental rights and responsibilities must be a paramount consideration for you. We can offer advice, guidance and, we would hope, resolution for you.  Get in touch with us and arrange your initial meeting to discuss your situation.

Child Residence and Contact

Every person in a family is a unique individual with different needs. When a couple separate or divorce, the needs of the children must take priority when agreeing a way forward. If you are unable to agree the arrangements for the care of your children then your case may need to be put before the courts for their decision.  The courts must have the best interests of your children as their paramount consideration and sometimes decisions may be made that you do not agree with.  This is a risk of going to court and an order from the court must be adhered to.

Courts rarely want to get involved when it comes to Child Residence and Contact (‘custody’ and ‘access’), and that is best resolved amicably, between all parties. Discussing the matter with Linda George Family Law can help you consider all your options, discuss the benefits of family mediation and help you come to a decision to best suit the needs of the children while taking account of your rights and responsibilities too.

If you have any questions about Child Law or would like to make an appointment to discuss any issues with us, call our Hamilton office on 01698 459200, or our Lanark office on 01555 709918.

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