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Children’s time with both parents

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It seems that more parents are going to court with disputes over the care of their children after relationship breakdown. The most recent statistics show that in October 2016 Cafcass received referrals in a total of 3,505 new private law cases about children – that is, those where the local authority had not initiated proceedings.  This figure represents a 9% increase on cases received in the same month the previous year, and wider statistics indicate a 23% rise in cases from two years ago. The government has been pushing mediation hard for separating families, including by removing legal aid for all processes…

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Why can’t I text my child?

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This week, our attention was caught by a story in the Mail that reported some family court proceedings between two estranged parents about a 12-year old girl. The headline news, as reported, was that the Court of Appeal has apparently upheld an order of the family court that a father should not be permitted to exchange texts with his daughter in between the times he sees her. Although the actual court judgment is not yet publicly available, we thought we’d have a look at some of the points raised both by the apparent decision, and the reporting of it. Court of…

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Children, carrots, sticks

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We all know how hard it is to get children to do things when they don’t want to. From the furious baby who turns into a rigid, purple, screaming monster when you try gently to coax him into a pushchair, to the toddler who throws a tantrum (usually in a public place) when you require her to do something innocuous like eat a carrot or put a shoe on. Then of course there are the teenage years, when putting them on the naughty step or denying them an episode of Peppa Pig just doesn’t have the same effect. So, what…

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Contact enforcement: failure to progress

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[Update 2.6.14 – this blog refers to the Children and Families Bill, which became the Children and Families Act 2014 and many provisions of which came into force on 22 April 2014.] Last week we wrote about enforcing contact orders [Update 2/6/14 – now child arrangements orders]  and a study which looked at how courts deal with those cases brought before them where one parent is trying to enforce an order made in earlier proceedings. We have also mentioned before the Children and Families Bill which is making its way through the parliamentary process, having had its second reading in…

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