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.
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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Read the Law Society's response to the government's legislative plans for the coming parliamentary.
The Law Society expressed its disappointment today at the Government's refusal to stop charging fees to local authority for care proceedings, despite the Family Justice Review's recommendation to do so.
The Law Society has welcomed the Government's announcement today of its commitment to speed up care and supervision proceedings, but warned that this would not be achieved simply by introducing new deadlines.
Commenting on the issue of shared parenting ahead of the Government's formal response to the Family Justice Review next week, Law Society Chief Executive Des Hudson said:
The Law Society today said that radical and sustained change to the family justice system would require a delicate balancing act from the government, which is expected to announce its response to the Family Justice Review next week.
The Law Society has welcomed the LSC's decision to open a further tender for licence-only family and family and housing work.
Read the Law Society response to proposals for abolishing the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC), and transferring its functions to the Department of Work and Pensions.
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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.
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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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