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I have been accused of lying about my child's illnesses - what should I do?

Nicola Horrocks
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Fabricated or induced illness, also known as FII, occurs when a child is, or is very likely to be, harmed due to a parent(s) behaviour and action, carried out to convince doctors or a child themselves that the child’s state of physical and/or mental...

Greater emphasis on non-court dispute resolution for divorces and private children cases

Emma Roberts
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When a relationship ends, communication often breaks down. Even if a divorce starts off with both parties on good terms, discussing financial settlements can create tension. When it comes to important issues about children, parents might think the only...

How can I stop my ex removing our children from my care or changing their school?

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It is not unusual for disputes to arise with an ex-partner after a relationship comes to an end and sometimes these disputes may be over an issue concerning your child. You may find that when your relationship comes to an end your ex-partner wishes to...

Divorce numbers lowest since 1971 in England & Wales

Emma Roberts
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These figures from the ONS stem from 2022, leaning out of the pandemic and into a cost-of-living crisis. We know that financial pressures and income concerns have led to many couples delaying the divorce process. What was once a reason to get to...

How can I stop my ex-partner making continuous applications to the family court?

Emma Roberts
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The court often sees parents make repeated applications in relation to their children, not because they believe that those applications are in the child’s interest, but because they use the repeated applications as a continuous form of control,...

What is a section 20 agreement?

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A section 20 agreement is not a court order. It relates to the local authority requesting your consent for your child or children to reside elsewhere, often in foster care, but occasionally with family or friends as well. Under section 20 of the...

Dealing with arrangements for your children at Christmas

Nicola Horrocks
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The law does not contain any specific provision for Christmas arrangements. The court would recommend that separated parents try to reach an agreement between themselves about who a child should spend Christmas with. The court system should only be used as...

What is shaken baby syndrome?

Nicola Clayton
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At Stephensons we have extensive experience in our family law department of dealing with cases where the local authority have become involved due to allegations of physical abuse to children. One key area that can be complex is that commonly known as...

When can social services remove a child from the care of their parents?

Nicola Horrocks
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Social services, also known as the local authority, will usually only take a child away from their parents if they believe that the child is at risk of significant harm suffering harm or neglect in their current circumstances. They are obliged to...

Crisis in the family court system

Victoria Gethin
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The Law Society has reported that tens of thousands of children are being left in limbo by a crisis in the family court system as a result of care proceedings and parental separation cases taking more than a year to resolve with data from the Children...

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