Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Guide Updates and our New Family Law App

It's April 22nd, and the new Children and Families Act 2014 comes into force today.

Gone are residence and contact orders, replaced by child arrangement orders. Enforcement powers granted to the court by virtue of the Children and Adoption Act now apply not just to contact, but to child arrangements orders in general (correcting the anomaly of those measures not being applied when parents shared residence).

Has much else changed? Yes. What evidence can be included with a statement, practice directions for court bundles and when a bundle need be prepared and by whom, and the need to attend mediation has been cemented in statute (and the exemption criteria changed). The court process has changed a little, we've a new family court structure, there have been some changes to court fees.

To help you cope, today we've launched our new, updated and improved Family Law App.

We're still finishing some content (but the changes to the law have been rather rushed) and over the next coming fortnight you'll see the inbuilt legal dictionary completed, a fully integrated search function go live, the revised wording for the Children Act integrated in our legislation section, revised and more detailed case law libraries, and in the next 48 hours our downloadable guide packs will be completed and uploaded. Bear with us, it's been quite a task, but we think you'll like what you see. 1,000,000 words of content... more than 100 specialist guides...  many 100s of questions answered... updated in rapid time given the new family law act only came in a month ago!

More than this, we've rebuilt our old app from the ground up. We wanted more content, improved accessibility and simplicity, and the app to be less overwhelming and frankly... 'friendlier'. We think we cracked it.

All Platforms Supported

Our Family Law App runs on all web browser, pcs, Macs, smartphones, tablets, browsers and operating systems... truly accessible... built on the renowned jquerymobile platform utilising HTML5. Touch screen or mouse friendly too [Ed: mouse friendly owls?]. One of the final sections to finish, the case law libraries, will load far faster than before, cutting your mobile phone bills if you need fingertip access to content in court (or on the bus, or in Starbucks).

Updated Content

  • Applying to Court
  • Barristers
  • C100 Form (New Form) 
  • Contact Centres
  • Contact Orders (application aspects removed)
  • Court Fees
  • Courts and Judges
  • Domestic (UK) Child Abduction
  • Emergency (Abridged) Hearings
  • Emergency Protection Orders
  • False Allegations (in respect of new expert evidence restrictions and the ever changing landscape of drugs testing companies(.
  • Finding of Fact Hearings
  • First Dispute and Resolution Hearings
  • Internal Relocation
  • International Child Abduction
  • Leave to Remove
  • Parental Responsibility (Acquisition)
  • Parental Responsibility (and Disputes)
  • Parental Responsibility (and Education)
  • Parenting Plans 
  • Permission to Apply
  • Preparing a Statement
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Residence Orders (application aspects removed)
  • Shared Residence
  • Skeleton Arguments
  • Solicitors
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Step Parents and Parental Responsibility
New Content
  • Case Allocation and Gatekeeping
  • Child Arrangements Orders
  • Directions and Review Hearings 
  • Dispute Resolution Hearing
  • Final Welfare Hearing
  • Issue Resolution Hearings
  • Preparing Evidence
Art and Design

Our sincere thanks to Reggio Blackwell for his design work and giving us our family law owls. Reggie is  a talented US artist and art lecturer who also does graphic work for major computer gaming firms. We love them! Thanks too, to Steve Roberts, for assisting with the technical issues related to the app programming.

Emails saying 'the project must have been a hoot'... or 'owls about that' will not be replied to. However if you spot a broken link or a typo, please let us know by emailing us at admin@thecustodyminefield.com