Family Law

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Intervenors in Care Proceedings

Posted: 29 April

In care proceedings, the parties are usually the Local Authority who made the application to court, the parents of the child and the child themselves. Who will be represented by an independent professional called the Guardian. Sometimes other people...

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Grandparents rights with Social Services

Posted: 16 February

Unless you have Parental Responsibility for your grandchild through a Child Arrangements Order or Special Guardianship Order, then you are not automatically involved in care proceedings concerning your grandchild. Social Services, also known as the Local Authority, may have...

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Can Social Services take my child?

Posted: 14 December

Social Services, known as the Local Authority, will only be able to remove your child if one of the following apply: They have your consent; or They obtain a Court Order known as an Emergency Protection Order which can...

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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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What is Section 20 of the Children Act 1989?

Posted: 17 October

The Law on Social Services removing children There are many reasons why the Local Authority, often known as Social Services, may be required to remove a child from their home. Reasons include if they are suffering or have suffered...

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What is a Deed of Variation?

Posted: 19 September

A Deed of Variation is a legal document which allows beneficiaries of a Will to amend the distribution of the Will or, in the case of intestacy, change the application of the intestacy rules to the estate. Reasons to...

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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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Deputyship Orders

In recent years, the perceived stigma around mental health and health care issues have...

- 17 May 2024

Intervenors in Care Proceedings

In care proceedings, the parties are usually the Local Authority who made the application...

- 29 April 2024

Non-Accidental Injury and Care Proceedings

What happens after Children’s Services becomes involved? Following a referral to Children’s Services in...

- 22 April 2024