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 library maintains a database of enquiries called Common Queries. These include results from research to find forms, precedents, rules, regulations and guidance.
Practitioners are increasingly coming across the term ‘parental alienation’. Understandably, many query how these cases differ from any other contact case and whether a different approach is needed.
The Family Procedure Rules Committee has published new forms relating to declarations of parentage, enforcement and protective orders.
Jannette Brimm, training director at Skillssanctuary Ltd (formerly Skillsology Ltd), offers insight into the value of effective communication within a family law practice.
Karen Dovaston of Jefferies Essex LLP, Southend-on-Sea, Essex discusses the recent announcement that the five-year limit on evidence of domestic violence will be removed.
On 21 February 2017 the Court of Appeal dismissed a challenge from Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan to enter into a civil partnership as they did not meet the legal requirement of being the same sex.
This case concerned a two-year-old girl ('N') who was the subject of proceedings brought under the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 (incorporating the Hague Convention 1980) and under Brussels IIA.
Unsuccessful appeal by H against a final order where he argued the couple had concluded a financial agreement years before, (Lady Justice Rafferty, the Senior President of Tribunals and Lord Justice Lindblom) 25 January 2017.
Father not guilty of criminal contempts for breaching orders relating to wards of court, (Sir James Munby (P)) 18 January 2017.
Alan Larkin, director at Family Law Partners, discusses implementing artificial intelligence (AI) at his firm and how all family lawyers and their clients can benefit from innovation.
Accreditation for family practitioners who meet the highest standards of expertise and client service.
Prove your experience in representing the needs of vulnerable clients to prospective clients.
This quality mark is for members who meet the highest standards of expertise and client service in all types of children law work.
This training teaches how to advance a client’s case well whilst ensuring witnesses are not subjected to undue stress.
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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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