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Ridley & Hall has excellent Family & Matrimonial and Care Proceedings & Adoption teams which have been recommended by the legal publication the Legal 500. We specialise in divorce, financial relief, children, grandparents’ issues and kinship care.

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Yet again the unsung heroes take the strain!

This sounds like a story with many stories behind it! Has the mother got a Support Plan - have the family been assessed? this is yet another case where specialist legal advice is needed!

Elderly grandparents claim social services have left them struggling to cope with their disabled and aggressive granddaughter.
Grandparent carers - this article applies to you!!

Many grandparents who end up caring for their grandchildren because their own children can't care don't think about making a will. They may know their children couldn't handle getting their hands on even small amounts of money - but they do nothing about it.

It's critical that they contact Vicky Maude urgently on 01484538421 for expert advice

So if you are planning to leave your grandchildren an inheritance, make sure that your wishes clearly documented in your will and keep it up-to-date. Without one, your estate will fall under the rules of intestacy and the law will dictate what happens to your money – and your pesky children could end up blowing the lot.
A salutary story of the wrong order!

The blame for this sorry tale has been placed on the inadequate SGO assessment and subsequent support. But the facts set out suggest this was never the right order. Local authorities and courts shy away from family placements with a Care Order. They shouldn't! There's no reason why a Care Order shouldn't be used in these circumstances.

Bonnie entered a SGO with her grandmother in February 2013. A 12 month supervision order was also made to Devon council.

The SGO was made on the understanding the child’s grandfather, who had a history of alleged sexual abuse towards his own children and domestic violence towards the grandmother, should have no contact. However, 18 months after the SGO was made, social services undertook a section 47 child protection investigation over concerns the grandfather was living in the home.

The review found the decision to close the case was “crucial” to subsequent events, where the grandfather made fresh contact with the family and the grandmother broke the conditions of the SGO.
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