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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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Public Law Outline (PLO)

Posted: 27 March

‘Take this letter to a Solicitor Now’ – Letter Before Proceedings Public Law Outline (PLO) If you have parental responsibility for a child and receive a letter from Social Services saying they are concerned about your child or children...

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Good Divorce Week 2022

Posted: 23 November

We are supporting Good Divorce Week, an annual campaign by Resolution to promote a child-focused and amicable approach to divorce and separation. Who are Resolution? Resolution are an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to a proactive...

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Non-Molestation Orders – what has changed?

Posted: 17 October

Non-Molestation Orders – what has changed? The process of obtaining a Non-Molestation Order has changed in Chelmsford and Southend. The Family Courts are returning to the pre-covid method whereby without notice applications are made in person. What is a...

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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