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Children & Child Custody

Shared Custody Arrangements Prove Less Stressful for Children

A new study has found that shared custody arrangements between separated parents can be much less stressful for children than living full-time with one parent.

Child Maintenance Service Criticised over Loopholes

A new report from single parent charity Gingerbread has levelled criticism at the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) for failing to ensure children received the appropriate level of support.

Report Calls for Stronger Enforcement by Child Maintenance Service

The new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) must be prepared and resourced to automatically take-over the more difficult or complicated child support non-payment cases from the CSA, and must be ‘toothier’ in enforcing payment.

Report on Closure of Old Child Maintenance Schemes Published

The National Audit Office recently published the findings of its investigation into the Department for Work & Pensions’ closure of its 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes.

Failure to Facilitate Contact a Breach of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the failure of Polish courts to take all appropriate steps to facilitate contact between a father and his son was a breach of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Removing Barriers to Co-Parenting

Researchers in the US have recently looked at how concerns about parenting behaviour can affect the ability of divorced parents to co-parent.

UK to Opt In to European Cross-Border Family Law Measure

The UK Government has recently announced its intention to opt in to the European Commission’s proposal which repeals and replaces Regulation 2201/2003, also known as the Brussels IIa Regulation, on cross-border family matters.

Child Maintenance System Undermines Shared Parenting

Shared-parenting charity Families Need Fathers (FNF) has published details of its response to the work and pension committee’s inquiry into child maintenance.

Recovering Child Maintenance Arrears

The Department of Work and Pensions has recently launched a consultation exercise over plans to implement existing powers to make deduction orders to recover child maintenance arrears from joint bank accounts held by a non-resident parent.

Children in Care in England

The Department for Education has recently published a breakdown of the number of children in care in England.

Marriages Adjust More Easily to Birth of Second Child

The birth of a first child can put a real strain on a marriage, but the relationship adjusts much more quickly after the birth of the second child, new research has found.

New Mothers Assess Partner’s Parenting Skills

New research from America has revealed that the stability of a couple’s relationship will have an impact on how much a new father is encouraged to be involved in the raising of his child.

Cafcass Experiences a Rise in Applications

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has seen a rise in both care applications and private law applications during July this year, compared to the same period last year.

New Funding to End Delays for Children Awaiting Adoption

New Government funding worth £4.5 million is to be available to regional adoption agencies to help place children with new permanent families faster than ever before.

No Evidence that Family Courts Discriminate against Fathers

A new study has found no evidence that family courts in England and Wales are discriminating against fathers because of gender bias.

New Measures to End Adoption Delays

The Queen’s Speech has outlined further improvements to the adoption system that aim to benefit children awaiting adoption by enabling them to be placed with a family far quicker.

Judge Gives Ruling in Surrogacy Case

A High Court judge has ruled that a one-year-old girl should live with her father and his male partner instead of her mother, reports the BBC.

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.

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