Tag: children

Are convictions made in a foreign court admissible in UK children’s proceedings?

Are convictions made in a foreign court admissible in UK children’s proceedings? teddy illustrating Are convictions made in a foreign court admissible in UK children's proceedings

Until recently, convictions made in a foreign court couldn’t be used in evidence in a case that was being heard in the UK, but a recent decision made by the Court of Appeal has decided that in cases designed to protect children and which involve an analysis of welfare, rules that previously excluded them should […]

Capitalisation of Child Maintenance

Capitalisation of Child Maintenance image of maintenance agreement

  Capitalisation of child maintenance payments does not happen very often; in fact it was described as ‘a rare bird’ in a recent case. The jurisdiction to make an order that capitalises and replaces future payments of periodical payments in favour of a child, called “commutation lump sum,” was recently confirmed by Mostyn J under […]

Contact during the coronavirus pandemic

Contact during the coronavirus pandemic coronavirus child looking out of window

We are certainly going through difficult times at the moment, and I hope that you are well, and that the current coronavirus situation isn’t causing you too much stress. As a family lawyer, I have been asked about how the current rules about social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic might affect any current arrangements that […]

Children’s cases – will the Judge take my criminal record into account?

Children’s cases need special treatment – so if you are involved in a case concerning children, yes, the court will  need to know about any criminal records you may have, or previous involvement with the police.  However, whether the judge believes it to be relevant to the case will depend on what the convictions were for, […]

Why Gillbanks Family Law are experts in divorce and separation advice

  Gillbanks Family Law have given us a small insight into the expert advice and guidance they provide for those going through the inevitably complex and sensitive process of divorce or separation “When a relationship breaks down one party might be ready to move on but the other party may still be struggling to come […]

Divorce reform should be pushed through – for the sake of the children

Divorce reform should be pushed through – for the sake of the children separating with children

A recent poll carried out by YouGov has highlighted the fact that people are keen for divorce reforms to be implemented, to reduce the impact that divorce under the current rules can have on many people, especially children. Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach […]

Cafcass publishes new assessment framework

Cafcass publishes new assessment framework

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has been looking into ways to support children involved in private law cases and has recently come up with a new framework to support their work and help assess the effects that family law proceedings can have on children. Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England and […]

Shared Parenting – Tightening up the Law

Shared Parenting – Tightening up the Law Family Law

When parents split, their children are expected to be at the forefront of their parents’ minds – will they live with one parent or share their time with both? When will they see the other parent? Who has the final say on major decisions, if anyone? It can be a difficult time for parents and […]