What is a Child Protection Plan?

As a parent, you may find your child made subject to a Child Protection Plan by the local authority. But what is a Child Protection Plan, and what does it mean? Local authority’s duty to investigate To start at the beginning, the local authority has a duty to investigate where they have reasonable cause to…

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New drive to speed up care proceedings

It is obvious that any court proceedings relating to the welfare of children should be dealt with as quickly as possible. This is recognised by the very first section of the Children Act, which states that: “In any proceedings in which any question with respect to the upbringing of a child arises, the court shall…

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Court removes child from care of alienating parent

It is not uncommon in parental disputes over arrangements for their children for one parent to allege that the other is alienating the children against them, in an attempt to stop them having contact with the children. Obviously, such behaviour is quite wrong, adversely affecting not just the alienated parent, but also the children themselves,…

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Keeping children disputes out of court

When parents separate they obviously have to sort out arrangements for their children, in particular, how much time the children should spend with each parent. And obviously if they are unable to agree arrangements they can apply to the Family Court for a child arrangements order, whereby the court decides with whom the children should…

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How an occupation order can protect a victim of abuse

A victim of domestic abuse may obviously live with the perpetrator of the abuse, whether they are married to them or not. Clearly, continuing to live with an abuser will leave the victim at risk of further abuse. In such circumstances the victim will need protection from the abuser, by having the abuser physically separated…

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Who has the contents of the matrimonial home?

When a couple divorce then obviously one or both of them will leave the former matrimonial home. What should happen to the home will of course have to be decided, but who has its contents? It is an important issue. At least one of the parties will have to rehouse themselves, and unless they move…

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No-Fault Divorce is here!

After many years of campaigning for it, and months of waiting for the new law to come into effect, we finally have a system of no-fault divorce in England and Wales. But what exactly does this mean? New system, new terminology The first thing to understand is that with the new system comes some new terminology. Firstly,…

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