31 guides/information sheets produced so far in our new 'smartphone format' which answer 271 family law questions. All guides can be accessed from the home page or via a separate Family Law Menu. Guides now include 'Contents' sections utilising bookmarks to make navigation easier. All content in our Family Law Menu can be read either on a normal PC based web browser or on a smartphone or tablet. All are designed to be fast loading.
New information sheets published in the last week include guidance on writing statements, and case law related to interim and supervised contact, and case law related to children's wishes and feelings and PA.
The new 'Family Law Menu' includes information sheets on:
Cafcass - the role of the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service
Contact Orders - explaining what a contact order is, and how to make an application to the court
Contact Orders – Warning Notices and Enforcement - information for non-resident parents to assist in applications to the court to enforce a contact order
Court Fees - application fees for different types of court order
Courts and Confidentiality - who you can discuss your court case with
Domestic Parental Child Abduction - what to do if your ex-partner takes the children and disappears
Emergency Protection Orders - a guide on applying to the courts directly if children are at risk of significant harm
Family Assistance Orders - a type of order, where the court directs a welfare officer to assist the family
Flexible Working - employment law, flexible working arrangements may be needed to support your parenting plan and contact/residence proposals
Interim and Supervised Contact Case Law – case law concerning both interim and supervised contact
Internal Relocation - legal information should your ex-partner decide to relocate and take the children with them
Internal Relocation Case Law - case law concerning relocation
Leave to Remove Case Law - case law concerning relocation abroad in family law
Mediation - an alternative to court action, usually cheaper, less stressful, and more likely to satisfy all concerned if both parties will co-operate and compromise
Parental Responsibility - explaining a parent's legal rights and duties, how parental responsibility may be acquired, and giving tools to assist you in being involved in decisions about your children's lives
Practice Directions – Court Bundles - court guidance on the preparation and presentation of information for the court
Practice Guidance – McKenzie Friends - guidance on the role of lay advisors in the family courts
Prohibited Steps Orders - explaining what a prohibitive steps order is, and how to make an application to the court
Residence Orders - explaining what a residence order is, and how to make an application to the court.
Shared Residence Case Law - case law concerning shared residence
Special Guardianship Orders - explaining SGOs, and likely to be of particular interest to grandparents, kinship and foster carers
Specific Issue Orders - explaining what a residence order is, and how to make an application to the court.
Step Parent Acquiring – Parental Responsibility - information on how a step-parent may acquire parental responsibility for their step-children
Wishes and Feelings Case Law – in relation to children’s wishes and feelings, parental alienation and adult determination of children’s needs.
Writing a Statement for Court - Contact and Shared Residence cases – a information on what to include and structure.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Psychological Assessments including suggestions for letters of instruction