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News Category: Children matters

  • 14 January 2015

    What is divorce or family mediation?

    In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of couples attending family mediation in an attempt to avoid a bitter court dispute. This is following a drive from the Government in recent years to try and deter couples from going to court and instead to deal with matters in a more conciliatory and less confrontational way. Read more

  • 21 November 2014

    Can’t I just represent myself? The changing role of family solicitors

    Following the changes introduced by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on 1 April 2013, Legal Aid was cut for private family law cases such as divorce and issues over the children. Legal Aid is now only available in cases involving domestic violence or public law proceedings regarding children. As time has gone on, the changes have had an effect on the progress of cases through the courts and people's access to justice. Read more

  • 17 November 2014

    Child Maintenance – The Current Position

    Following the introduction of The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008, a three year process of closing all Child Support Agency (CSA) cases is now underway. Read more

  • 21 October 2014

    Parental involvement provision comes into effect on 22 October 2014

    Section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 will come into force on 22 October 2014 and will apply to all Children Act cases started on or after that date but will not apply to cases already going through the Courts prior to that date. Read more

  • 11 August 2014

    New child maintenance charges take effect today

    New charges begin today (Monday 11 August) for both parents using the Government's new child maintenance service. Read more

  • 8 August 2014

    President of Family Division: “Courts may pay for legal representation”

    The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has stated that Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Services, HMCTS, will have to fund parties' representation by lawyers in appropriate private law proceedings if the Legal Aid Agency refuses to do so. Read more

  • 22 April 2014

    The new single Family Court and the Children and Families Act 2014

    Today, the new single Family Court comes into being and most of the family justice provisions from the Children and Families Act 2014 take effect.  The legislation has been described as "the largest for a generation". Read more

  • 2 October 2013

    New Child Support Agency Rules have taken effect

    The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No 11 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2013 (SI 2013/1860) came into force on 29 July 2013. Read more

  • 26 July 2013

    Grandparents Rights

    Following the eagerly awaited birth of royal baby Prince George, media reports have, amongst other things, focused on the roles the grandparents will play. Read more

  • 3 April 2013

    The new Children and Families Bill

    The new Children and Families Bill passed its second reading on 25 February 2013 in the House of Commons.  The Bill extends the statutory rights that both parents have in their children’s upbringing. Read more