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Public Law Outline Meetings with Social Services

Posted: 09 December

What is a Public Law Outline meeting? A Public Law Outline meeting, or “PLO” meeting is the name Social Services, also known as the Local Authority, give to a meeting to discuss a child’s welfare. This is also sometimes...

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Family Mediation

Posted: 23 November

What is Mediation? Family mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution. It works by instructing a neutral and independent third party to help you resolve a conflict or dispute in an attempt to reach a mutually acceptable resolution....

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Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 has recently come under the scrutiny of the High Court

Posted: 24 July

S25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (‘S25’) has recently come under the scrutiny of the High Court What is section 25?   What is section 25? Section 25 is a crucial provision which empowers the Court to examine and make...

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Pre-nuptial Agreements come before the Court again

Posted: 24 July

Pre-nuptial agreements come before the Court again in the case of MN v AN EWHC 613 (Fam) The background of the case  In this case the wife had assets of £62,000 and the husband £32.5 million. In 2005...

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Permission for Take-Off… The Legal Position on Travelling Abroad with Children

Posted: 10 July

For many families, going on a summer holiday is anticipated with excitement all year long. When parents are separated, however, travelling with children can end up being a headache. You may be wondering if your children can go on...

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Is there a difference between a McKenzie Friend and a Litigation Friend?

Posted: 25 May

Friends like these… Explaining McKenzie Friends and Litigation Friends Any person in Court proceedings who is not legally represented (known as a litigant in person) has the right to have reasonable assistance from a layperson. This person is sometimes...

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements – are they necessary?

Posted: 19 May

When Pre-Nuptial Agreements, or ‘Pre-Nups’ are mentioned, people often think of celebrities safeguarding their millions. In America, Pre-Nups are more common as they hold great weight in American Courts. In the UK, Pre-Nups are not quite as powerful yet...

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New rules for IDVAs & ISVAs

Posted: 24 April

Practice Guidance has been issued in relation to new rules on the attendance of Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) at Hearings in the Family Court, which came into force on 6 April 2023....

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Changes to Family Legal Aid

Posted: 13 April

From 1 March 2023, changes to Family Legal Aid came into effect. Means-free Legal Aid will now be available for parents and those with parental responsibility when opposing applications for placement and adoption orders in public family law proceedings...

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Changes to Separated Parents Information Programme

Posted: 05 April

The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) ceased from 29 March 2023, following the programme being subject to a research and evidence review. This led to a redesigned model which was more focussed on the child, contained updated content, and...

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- 16 February 2024

Grandparents rights with Social Services

Unless you have Parental Responsibility for your grandchild through a Child Arrangements Order or...

- 16 February 2024

Social Services and the Emergency Removal of Children

Social Services may be applying to the Court for an Order to protect your...

- 07 February 2024