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Who’s who in the Family Court

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 17th June 2019

Judge A judge is the person who presides over (deals with) the proceedings. In the Family Court there are three levels of judges who are likely to hear your case. These are: Judges of the District Judge level – these are the judges that hear most family law cases. Judges of the Circuit Judge level – these judges are allocated cases which are considered to have additional complexity. They can also deal with some appeal cases. Magistrates – magistrates are ‘lay’ people from the community who have been recruited and trained to hear cases. They will not usually have a…

Legal Aid for family law matters

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 6th November 2015

This page provides information on getting help to pay for legal costs for family matters. It explains what legal aid is, when it is available and the type of help it covers. It also provides information on the evidence needed for legal aid in private disputes about arrangements for children.

Family

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 4th October 2015

Parental disputes Abduction Access to information Adoption (non-agency) Advocacy Child abuse  Changing a child's surname Contact Domestic abuse Family mediation Legal aid for family law matters Legal aid if you have been a victim of domestic abuse Legal aid if your child is at risk of abuse Locating a child Parental responsibility Residence Special guardianship Travel and Relocation Testamentary guardianship Wardship Raising and caring for young people  Adoption Family and friends care Homelessness (16/17 year olds) Locating a child Parental Responsibility Private fostering Residence Section 20 Accommodation Special Guardianship Surrogacy Testamentary Guardianship Wardship Young carers Duties of Children’s Services   Advocacy Care…

Preparing for a Family Court hearing

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 17th June 2019

The preparation will often be dependent on the type of hearing and the specific circumstances of the case in question. However, there are some general tips which can help a litigant in person prepare for an upcoming Family Court hearing. Appropriate arrangements for children It is not advisable to bring children to court and therefore parties should try to make alternative childcare arrangements. Court location Parties will often be required to attend the court 30 minutes or 1 hour in advance of the time that the hearing is listed to start. You do not want to be rushing around or…

Family and Friends Care

Relevance: 97%      Posted on: 16th July 2015

This page explains the law surrounding an arrangement where a child goes to live with a family member or friend and the obligations of the local authority to assess the carer for support and suitability.

Family mediation

Relevance: 97%      Posted on: 21st May 2015

This page explains the process of family mediation, when mediation is necessary and the expected standards of a family mediator.

Remote hearings in the family court – Covid-19

Relevance: 96%      Posted on: 2nd April 2020

Introduction The social distancing measures and the stay at home rules which have been implemented in response to the Covid-19 crisis pose a unique challenge to public services which traditionally operate on a face to face basis.  Nevertheless, Sir Andrew Mcfarlane (President of the Family Division) has made clear that the aim is to ''keep business going safely'' in national guidance published on the 19th March:  ''There is a strong public interest in the Family Justice System continuing to function as normally as possible despite the present pandemic. At the same time, in accordance with government guidance, there is a…

Hearings in the Family Court

Relevance: 95%      Posted on: 15th September 2015

This page explains the different types of hearing that you might have in private family law cases, including the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment, fact finding hearings and final hearings.

Type of Family Law Orders

Relevance: 95%      Posted on: 17th June 2019

Private Children Law Orders Type of order Description Application form Guidance form Costs Child Arrangements Order Section 8 Children Act 1989 A Child Arrangements Order decides the arrangements for whom a child is to live with, spend time with or otherwise have contact with and when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person. C100 CB1 £215 Child Arrangements Order (Consent Order) If an agreement can be reached regarding the arrangements for a whom a child is to live with and spend time with then a Consent Order can be applied for. Consent Orders…

Email advice: Family

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: 2nd August 2017

  Please complete all relevant boxes on the contact form to ensure we provide you with the correct information. We strongly recommend providing as much relevant information as possible. We aim to respond to your message within 5 working days of receipt. Please note our working days are Monday to Friday. During the Christmas break the 5 day response time will start on our first day back in the office. If we cannot assist due to the matter being outside of our scope, we will email and state why we cannot assist and attempt to refer you to another organisation. If we…

Attending court

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A sample Child Arrangements Order Appeals Court Bundle Court etiquette Do I need a solicitor or barrister? Explaining the legality of a child arrangements order Family mediation Hearings in the Family Court Legal aid for family matters Litigation Friends Litigants in person Parenting plans Preparing for a family court hearing Seeking costs in court The role of Cafcass The welfare checklist  Type of family law orders Scott Schedule Use of recordings Who's who in the family court Witness Statements Writing a position statement Signposting list

The role of Cafcass

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: 15th September 2015

This page explains the role of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in the court process, including the safeguarding checks that they carry out and explaining section 7 reports.

Parental disputes

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 1st December 2015

Abduction Access to information Adoption (non-agency) Advocacy Changing a child's surname Child abuse Contact Domestic abuse Family mediation Legal aid for family law matters Legal aid if you have been a victim of domestic abuse Legal aid if your child is at risk of abuse Locating a child Parental responsibility Residence Special guardianship Travel and relocation Testamentary guardianship Wardship Young people and medical treatment 

Parenting plans

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 17th June 2019

What is a parenting plan? A parenting plan is a voluntary, written agreement between parents (and can include grandparents and other family members). The plan covers practical issues in relation to the children such as living arrangements, education, healthcare and finances and it aims to assist parents in resolving arrangements amicably and informally. Cafcass parenting plan Cafcass (The Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service) have produced a parenting plan template which is accessible online and accompanied by a guidance document. Of course, there are other templates which can be accessed online with a quick Google search or parents are…

Raising and caring for young people

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 1st December 2015

Adoption Family and friends care Homelessness (16/17 year olds) Parental Responsibility Private fostering Residence Section 20 Accommodation Special Guardianship Surrogacy Testamentary Guardianship Wardship Young carers

Child in need

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 4th January 2017

This page explains the duty of Children’s Services under section 17 Children Act 1989 to provide services to children in need in their area. It explains the definition of a child in need, the assessment process and child in need plans and the types of services available.

Scott Schedule

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: 20th July 2018

What is a Scott Schedule A Scott Schedule is a schedule or table which is used in court proceedings in the Family Court in order to clearly set out the allegations which are in dispute.   The Judge will make directions for parties to submit a Scott Schedule, where necessary, and this will generally be required in advance of a fact-finding hearing. A fact-finding hearing is the name given to a court hearing where the Judge will determine if certain allegations are true or false.  A Scott Schedule should be as concise as possible and focused. Allegations which are pleaded should…

Volunteer

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: 29th May 2015

Please note due to the current pandemic our volunteer project is on hold. However, please do send through your application and we will contact you with an update as soon as we get one.    Are you interested in volunteering? This helpline is a low cost service providing advice and guidance to families about child, education and family law. We provide full training on child, family and education law and many of our volunteers have subsequently been employed by us. Our volunteers usually work with us one full day a week every week for a minimum of three months. We operate a…

Litigation Friends

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: 30th July 2018

Litigation friends are required when a person lacks capacity to participate in court proceedings. This information page will explain who can be a litigation friend, specifically which circumstances require a litigation friend to be appointed and how to apply to be a litigation friend.  Introduction An individual who is involved in court proceedings (a 'litigant') must have the capacity in order to conduct those proceedings. In other words, a litigant must be able to participate in the proceedings insofar as being capable to convey their position, complete paperwork and understand the decisions of the court.  Children under the age of…

Children’s services referral and assessment

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 24th June 2015

This page explains the duties of Children's Services once a child protection referral is made. It describes the assessment process and timescales and explains possible outcomes of a child protection investigation.