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Some of the family team at Hewitts Solicitors attended the annual Family Justice Board event on the 30th January 2020. This was a fabulous event organised by Dere Street Chambers. The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane gave a wonderful speech about family work in our area, how we work in a professional,...
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A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian. It is a private law order and is intended for children who cannot live with their birth parents. Whilst this is a private law order, it is regularly used in care proceedings when a child is placed...
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A recent case involving a dispute between separated parents about child arrangements has demonstrated how seriously the Court views the issue of parental alienation and the fact that the Court will not be afraid to make major decisions altering where a child lives if they have been subject to parental alienation. In this case, initially...
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Did you know – the way the Courts deal with financial matters on divorce is changing? For many years now, the Courts have had specialist Judges that deal with complex children matters.  By contrast, financial matters on Divorce, which can involve very complex legal and financial issues have simply been allocated to the first Judge...
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Clare’s Law is a scheme introduced in 2014 however many people are still unaware that the scheme exists. It allows people to ask ‘Am I at risk?’ and can play a major part in someone being able to escape a potentially abusive relationship before domestic abuse takes place. What is it? Clare’s law allows anyone...
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Boris Johnson has responded recently to Women’s groups and confirmed that the Government will reconsider the reintroduction of the domestic abuse legislation. This was first considered by Parliament in July 2019. Mr Johnson announced on the 12th September 2019: ‘Domestic abuse shatters lives and tears families apart. We are fully committed to tackling this horrific...
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Following recent case law, the issue of Special Guardianship Orders and placement before making of an order has been in the forefront of most decisions, particularly in respect of timetabling care proceedings. Following on from recent case law, there has been Guidance handed down by the Family Justice Council, and approved by the President of...
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The government’s new Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will help end the ‘blame game’ for separating couples, the Law Society of England and Wales said as their written evidence to the bill committee was published on 5th July 2019. “With an estimated 42% of marriages ending in divorce, this bill has the potential to transform...
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An article published in community care, an online resource for social workers, has highlighted the difficulties those involved with children’s services and any subsequent care proceedings are faced with in light of the recent cuts to services. The article refers to a debate held in April of this year and hosted by Bristol Senior Family...
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Parental alienation is a form of emotional abuse. It is a phenomenon that occurs specifically in the context of separated families where there is high conflict between the parents, the child is often caught in the middle of this conflict. The motivational factors include the following: 1.       Revenge 2.       Fear of losing the chid 3.      ...
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