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Public Law – Understanding the Local Authority and Children When a local authority is concerned about the parenting a child is receiving, and these concerns are sufficiently high, they can issue court proceedings in respect of the child.   When a local authority is involved with a family legally this is...
The national emergency as a result of Covid-19 has been unprecedented. Consequently, for parents it has been difficult to manage and maintain child arrangements due to the significant lockdown restrictions. When the Government issued advice that movement between houses was prohibited, parents of children who split their time between two...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....