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children after divorce | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Parents: be involved, be responsible

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From today, new legislation comes into effect that is intended to affect the way courts will look at how children of separated parents divide their time. So for cases starting on or after today in the family court, there is a new presumption which judges must apply: that the involvement of both parents in the life of the child concerned will further their welfare, provided there are no safety concerns. “Involvement” in this context means involvement of some kind, either direct or indirect, but not any particular division of a child’s time. It is most definitely not a presumption for…

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Are parents giving up on children after divorce?

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Some interesting statistics crossed our desk last week from CAFCASS, who have reported a significant year-on-year drop in the number of applications being made to the court for orders about children’s arrangements when parents don’t (or no longer) live together. These applications are generally disputes about where children should live (formerly known as residence, and before that, custody) or how much time they should spend with the parent with whom they don’t live (formerly known as contact, and before that, access). The figures show that in July 2014, there were 36% fewer applications than there were in July 2013. This…

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Co-operative parenting consultation

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It’s been a couple of weeks now since the government released its consultation document about the changes it wants to make to the Children Act 1989. The purpose of these proposed changes is to ensure that the courts pay heed to a general principle that parents who are able and willing to play a positive role in their child’s care should have the opportunity to do so, and to reinforce the general expectation that both parents are jointly responsible for the upbringing of their child. The consultation also extends to the question of whether the powers that the court has…

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