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Manifesto for Family Law Launched

Family law organisation Resolution has launched its Manifesto for Family Law, calling for widespread changes to the laws affecting divorce and separation.

Giving Children a Voice in Court

New Government proposals will mean that children involved in any type of family case - whether to remove them into care or disputes about child arrangements following divorce or separation - will be able to have their views heard when decisions are made that will affect them.

DNA Tests to Cut Courtroom Battles

The Government has recently announced that from September all family court judges in England will be able to order DNA tests to determine a child’s parentage.

Impact of Family Court Advisers

Researchers at Northumbria University have recently studied the impact of Family Court Advisers on the duration of court cases involving adoption or care proceedings.

An Insight into UK Family Structure

The Office for National Statistics has recently published statistics that give an interesting insight into the most common household types and family structures that existed in the UK during 2014.

Maintenance Payments Hit Record Levels

The number of non-resident parents who pay towards the cost of their children through the Child Support Agency (CSA) has hit an all-time high, according to the Government.

Cafcass Gives Update on Case Workload

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that in December 2014, it received a total of 918 care applications. This figure represents a 13% increase compared to the number received in December 2013.

Warning over ‘Misuse’ of Domestic Violence Defence

Amendments made by the Government to criminalise coercive and controlling patterns of behaviour and psychological abuse in relationships have been welcomed by domestic violence charity, Women’s Aid. However, the charity has warned that the defence included in the offence could too easily be manipulated by perpetrators.

Raising Awareness of Child Abduction

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recently come together with charity Reunite to help raise awareness of the issue of international parental child abduction.

Season's Greetings from Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors

Season’s Greetings and our very best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year from everyone at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors.If you require any legal representation over the festive period, please contact us through our online contact form. We are open throughout Christmas and New Year and will be on hand to provide legal advice online, or by calling 01483 610 766

Converting Civil Partnership into Marriage

A change in the law came into force on 10th December, giving couples in a civil partnership the right to convert this into a marriage.

Family Carers Discriminated Against

A new survey by charity Grandparents Plus has found that many kinship carers and the children they look after are discriminated against by public officials and other parents.

Financial Troubles Can Follow a Relationship Split

Britons are turning to credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans following a relationship break-up, according to the findings of a new survey.

Criminalising Parental Child Abduction by Retention

UK charity reunite International Child Abduction Centre has welcomed a recommendation by the Law Commission that parental child abduction by retention should be criminalised.

Charity Calls On Politicians for Domestic Violence Commitment

Domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has called on all politicians to commit to answering the charity’s SOS campaign call for specialist refuges.

“Myth Busting” Guide on Adoption Published

Over the past few years there has a rise in adoption to record levels, with an increase of 63% in just three years, charity Adoption UK has said. This means thousands more children have found permanent and loving homes through a faster adoption system.

More Separating Couples to Receive Free Mediation

Free mediation is to be made available to more couples who are going through a separation, the Government has announced.

Supporting Separating Couples and Parents

A new package of support aimed at helping people in the family and civil justice system has been announced by the Government.

Children's Relationship with Separated Parents

A new law came into force on 22nd October that reinforces the importance of children having relationships with each parent following family breakdown.

Concerns over Rise in Special Guardianship Orders

Fostering and adoption charity TACT has expressed concern over a sharp rise in the use of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) in England.

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