Charity Chief Executive selected for Children’s Commissioner

November 6, 2014 0 comments

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The Chief Executive of family charity 4Children has been selected as the ‘preferred candidate’ to become Children’s Commissioner in February next year. The Children’s Commissioner works to promote the interests of children, in conjunction with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, a non-departmental government body. The post was established under the Children Act 2004 and…

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Child to be adopted by separating couple,

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October 24, 2014 3 comments

The High Court has given a couple permission to adopt a child, despite the fact that they separated since their application began. The child is three years old and had been placed in local authority care from birth. After spending some initial time in foster care, this child has been with the prospective adopters from…

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Involved or not involved, that is the question

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October 22, 2014 6 comments

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The new parental involvement clause in the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force today. It requires family courts to presume that each parent’s involvement in the child’s life will further their welfare where it is safe and appropriate. But what does this actually mean in reality? I’ll tell you; nothing. The clause in…

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A couple of bad ideas,

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October 20, 2014 16 comments

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In the last week I have come across a couple of bad ideas for the reform of family law. One of the ideas has already passed into law, or at least is about to, and the other is no more than a proposal – a state in which, I would suggest, it should remain. The…

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What family lawyers were talking about this week…

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October 17, 2014 0 comments

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A pretty mixed bag, actually: Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for September 2014. In that month Cafcass received a total of 902 care applications, representing a 7 per cent increase compared to those received in September 2013. As to private law demand, Cafcass received a total of…

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Parental involvement presumption due October 22

October 13, 2014 3 comments

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The presumption of parental involvement outlined in the Children and Families Act 2014 will come into force later this month, a senior family law judge has declared. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said the provision of section 11 will become law on October 22, six months after the introduction of the main…

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Guide to the Children and Families Act for young people

October 2, 2014 0 comments

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A guide to the Children and Families Act 2014 aimed at young people has been published by the Department for Education. The Act, which came into force in April, introduced a number changes to the law regarding children in England and Wales. These included changes to the adoption system which would allow children to be…

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A different type of case

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September 22, 2014 0 comments

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Most law reports that one reads concern cases dealing with familiar situations: financial settlements on divorce, disputes between parents over arrangements for their children, local authorities seeking care orders and so on. Occasionally, however, one comes across a case that is quite different from the rest, if not entirely unique. Such it was when I…

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Family mediation on the rise

September 15, 2014 2 comments

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A national mediation charity claims the number family mediation cases increased during the first half of 2014. National Family Mediation (NFM) is reporting “a significant rise” in people who have taken up their services between 1st January and 30th June. The charity claims that in some areas they have experienced increases between 30 and 40…

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