Wednesday, 23 February 2011

New Content - New Design for The Custody Minefield

There's a new look for The Custody Minefield website. We're gearing up content for when legal aid goes.

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:

Family Law

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 - legal information should your ex-partner decide to emigrate with the children. Also see our detailed e-guide

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 - explaining shared residence, and how to apply to the court. Also see our detailed e-book

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

Helping Children Cope

Managing Stress

Psychological Assessments including suggestions for letters of instruction

Tips for Assessment Interviews