Children News - Goodman Ray

Local authorities have a statutory duty to protect children living in their area. However, understanding the different processes and how these interact with one another can be complicated. Set out below is an explanation of some of the common processes that parents may find themselves involved in if the local authority have safeguarding concerns in…

On 15 March 2019, the Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 received Royal Assent thereby making it an official Act of Parliament. The act enables family courts to make a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order (FGMPO) within Children Act 1989 proceedings. Therefore, separate proceedings needn’t be issued if a girl is considered…

What is parental responsibility? Parental responsibility (PR) allows an individual to make important decisions concerning the child that they hold PR for, which includes decisions about the child’s welfare and upbringing. Section 3(1) of the Children Act 1989 defines PR as: “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of…

We are looking for a paralegal to join our specialist Domestic Abuse team to cover Maternity Leave until the end of October…

The current law provides that a couple can divorce if there has been an ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of their marriage. In accordance with section 1(2) of…

In this article we will consider the powers of the Family Court to deprive a child of their liberty by use of secure accommodation orders and other orders…

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has submitted a report to the UN outlining the action needed to improve protection against violence for women…

Jemma Dally, Head of our Adoption, Surrogacy and Fertility team, acted for the applicant step-father in the reported case of….

A Special Guardianship Order is an order which places a child in the long-term care of someone other than their parent…

We are delighted to announce that our Senior Partner, Peggy Ray won the Entrepreneurial Individual of the year at City wealth’s 2018 Magic Circle Awards yesterday evening…

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