Children and The Law

Examining the Law and children’s rights at Kent and Surrey Family Resolution - Family and Children’s Law Solicitors in Canterbury, Teddington and Tenterden.

This February the House of Commons Library published a series of briefing papers relating to children and the law in England and Wales. The briefings highlights and respects the voice of the child and the child’s wishes. The child’s welfare remains paramount at all times.

They cover a wide variety of topics which touch on parental responsibility; contact and residence; child arrangement orders – safeguards when domestic abuse arises; grandparents and court orders; and parental alienation.

Parental responsibility is distinguished as “not a constant right, but diminishes as the child gets older and so can reach a sufficient understanding and intelligence of the consequences of decisions relating to them”.

A selection of the papers can be accessed at the links below: Children: parental responsibility - how it’s gained and lost, and restrictions (England and Wales)

Children: when agreement cannot be reached on contact and residence (England and Wales)