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Our family law specialists regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

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What is a children's guardian? Who they are and what they do

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Children’s guardians are appointed by the court to represent children within care proceedings (local authorities can start ‘ care proceedings ’ if they’re very worried about a child and can apply for a ‘ care order ’...

What is a section 20 agreement and should I sign one?

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Section 20 agreements allow the local authority to remove a child and place them in foster care without the need for a court order. Whether or not to enter into a section 20 agreement is a voluntary decision made by the parents with the local authority....

What if parents don't agree about having their child vaccinated?

Bethany Corday
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What happens if you want your child to have a vaccination and your child’s other parent does not agree? Or, what if you do not want your child to have a vaccination and your child’s other parent does? Many parents may now be contemplating...

Domestic abuse and children's services

Bethany Corday
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Many parents are concerned that where there has been domestic abuse in their relationship, that children’s services (or social services as they are more commonly known) may become involved with their family and may remove their children, if they...

What is parental responsibility and who has it?

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The legal definition of parental responsibility is “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authorities which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and the child’s property”. This means that parents are...

Is Absolute really absolutely the end?

Joanna Souter
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We are frequently receiving enquiries from clients who, having gone through the divorce process, now find themselves exposed to a litany of problems. The common theme throughout is a misunderstanding in relation to the Decree Absolute in their divorce ,...

Social services and the coronavirus pandemic

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In 2020 the world was faced with one of its biggest challenges in living history when the coronavirus pandemic hit. The UK is now ploughing through its 3rd national lockdown since the pandemic began which has resulted in families being under additional...

Do I need my ex partners permission to take my child on holiday in England & Wales?

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The coronavirus pandemic has certainly put a stop to many holiday plans in 2020 and 2021, but with the governments’ announcement that the restrictions will end by 21st June 2021, you may be hovering over that ‘purchase tickets’ button for...

Raising children together following divorce

Joanna Souter
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Despite it being a few years since her last music release, Adele has still found herself subject to numerous headlines with many referencing her multi-million pound divorce from her husband. She and her husband have an eight year old child together and,...

Return of abducted child to England

Tim Galbraith
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The circumstances where one parent makes a unilateral decision to move or keep their child in another country is often described as child abduction or, where the child is kept abroad, as an unlawful retention. Such situations are often traumatic for all...

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