Adoption and the Child and Social Work Bill

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Introduction The Child and Social Work Bill was introduced into the House of Commons just before Christmas. The expectation was that there would be changes to Adoption law and these changes would reflect a pro adoption approach. In May 2016 David Cameron wrote in the Sunday Times “We will legislate to tip the balance in…

Government’s Children and Social Work Bill faces criticism

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Introduction The Children and Social Work Bill was introduced into the House of Lords in late November. If it comes into force, it could mean that Court Orders relating to Child Protection could become unenforceable. The Children and Social Work Bill The Children and Social Work Bill enables Local Authorities to request an exemption from…

Jordans Solicitors partners with Voices in the Middle

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Jordans Solicitors have partnered with Voices in the Middle, a charity that has developed the only website for the children of separating families in the UK. The website aims to give young people a voice when going through family separations, and doubles as a place where other young people can learn from the experiences of…

2014: A year of change for Family Law

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2013 was a year of huge change for family law. In April 2013 Legal Aid was withdrawn for the vast majority of those seeking divorces and dealing with disputes about finances and children following the breakdown of their relationship. This led to a massive increase in the number of unrepresented parties at court and a…

Child Care Law – The Law Society Children Accreditation Scheme

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We would like to say congratulations to our Partner and head of child care law, Sukhbeer Shergill, who has been appointed to the Law Society Children’s panel. Solicitors and Legal Executives can apply to become members of the Law Society’s Specialist Panels which were set up to ensure consistency of service and professionalism. Membership of…

What About Children’s Views When Parents Separate?

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According to a ruling by the supreme court, the children of parents who separate and go abroad should be allowed a say in where they want to live. In a recent case, five justices decided that a child involved in a dispute between her British father and Spanish mother should be considered a party to…

Dewsbury Families Are Facing Poverty Concerns

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It has recently been revealed that one in three children in parts of Dewsbury are living below the breadline. Those in the Dewsbury Moor and Ravensthorpe are among the hardest hit areas in Kirklees. In a quote from the Dewsbury Reporter, Councillor for Labour and Dewsbury West, Darren O’Donovan said “When looking at the changes…

Child Abduction By Parents

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While the misconception that it is always a stranger abducting a child is still perceived to be true child abduction by parents is more widespread than people believe. Over 500 children get taken out of the UK every year and that number is rising. In August 2013 dad Sean Felton delivered a petition to Downing Street…

How Do Courts Decide What Level of Contact I Should Have?

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When an application is made to the Court in relation to where a child should live or what contact they should have with the non-resident parent the Court are bound by the Children Act 1989.  Schedule 1 of that Act states that the Court must consider: The ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned…