Covers all issues around children and family law, including personal relationships, relationship breakdown and children in the context of divorce or separation, plus children in public law and cross-border disputes.
Our family court resources section has dedicated tools and resources for solicitors working in family courts, incorporating the revised public law outline.
HMCTS has introduced five new forms for the family court. New forms FM1, Form B, Form A1, Form A and C100 will come into effect on 8 January.
The challenge brought by Rights of Women against the government's harsh evidence test for victims of domestic violence to access legal aid has been successful.
The Court of Appeal will decide whether to overturn a High Court ruling on the lawfulness of government changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims.
The Law Society has again called for explicit statutory protection for legal professional privilege in its evidence to the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee.
The Legal Services Consumer Panel has started an investigation into fee-charging McKenzie Friends. It is inviting solicitors to send examples of cases where clients have experienced detriment as a result of using these services.
The Law Society and Land Registry have prepared and published a new practice note about joint ownership in conveyancing transactions.
Shared parental leave is a step in the right direction, but pay inequality remains a major obstacle to women achieving equality in the workforce, says the Law Society.
The Law Society has warned that the welfare of children must always come before the rights of parents and no legislation should create or point to a perception that there is an assumed parental right to substantially shared or equal time for both parents.
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This quality mark is for members who meet the highest standards of expertise and client service in all types of children law work.
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The Family Law Protocol is the Law Society's authoritative set of best practice guidelines in family practice. Endorsed by the president of the Family Division and developed in association with Resolution and other leading interest groups, adherence to Part I ensures family lawyers are aware of the overarching matters they must consider to promote their client's best interests.
For a fuller treatment of all areas of family practice, buy the complete Family Law Protocol (4th) (Law Society 2015, £39.95).
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The Family Law Committee and Childrens' Law Sub-Committee are part of the Legal Affairs and Policy Board.They review and promote improvements in family law, practice and procedure, including child care law and procedure.
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