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Posted 16 June 2016
by Tracy Lambert

Family Law – Adoption

Adoption remains one of the most draconian steps that can be taken in relation to a child, the European Convention on Human Rights, states that cutting off all contact between a child and their family is only justified by the overriding necessity of the child’s interests.

The child’s interests are paramount, those interests include being brought up, if at all possible, by the child’s natural family, unless the overriding requirements of the child’s welfare make that impossible.

Accordingly, family ties may only be severed in very exceptional circumstances and everything must be done to try and preserve relationships and, where appropriate, rebuild the family unit. In order to dispense with a parent’s consent the court must find that there is no other option for the child other than to be adopted. All other options must be explored making Adoption a remedy of last resort.

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About the author

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

Partner based in Exeter's family team