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News Category: Family

  • 9 February 2015

    Sperm donor given parental responsibility

    A father has parental responsibility if he is married to the child’s mother, or named on the birth certificate (from 1 December 2003). Parental responsibility can, however, be granted by the court and in the case of JB v KS, the judge made a parental responsibility order in favour of a "sperm donor". Read more

  • 26 January 2015

    Parental Responsibility: What does it mean and who has it?

    What is parental responsibility? All mothers and most fathers have legal rights and responsibilities as a parent, known as parental responsibility. Parental responsibility gives parents rights to make important decisions in their child's life. For example, naming the child and agreeing to any change of name; choosing and providing the child's education; agreeing to a child's medical treatment; the child's religion; and disciplining the child. If a parent has parental responsibility for a child they do not have contact with, the parent with whom the child lives has a duty to keep the other parent up to date about the child's wellbeing and progress. Read more

  • 22 January 2015

    Steeles Law family lawyers join Resolution

    We are pleased to announce that two of our divorce law practitioners, Amanda Owens, Solicitor, and Emma Alfieri, Chartered Legal Executive, have both been accepted to become members of the family law group Resolution. Read more

  • 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

  • 5 January 2015

    The New Year Divorce Peak – 10 Practical Tips

    It is a sad reality that the New Year brings about a peak in separations and applications for divorce and dissolution of civil partnership. Read more

  • 10 December 2014

    Civil partnerships may be converted into marriage from 10 December 2014

    Civil partnerships were introduced in England and Wales on 21 December 2005. Following the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the first same-sex marriages were celebrated in England and Wales in March 2014. 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

  • 13 November 2014

    Judge’s dismay at couples litigating over divorce settlement

    The recent case of J v J is yet another example of cases in which the Judge was dismayed with the extravagant and unnecessary way in which both parties had run up costs, which were out of all proportion to the issues involved. 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