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CAFCASS – changing times

By | Children, the family courts | No Comments

This week we are looking at the role of the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (‘CAFCASS ‘) in family cases and how this may change in the future.  By way of reminder, a while ago we wrote about the role of CAFCASS in our ‘who or what is CAFCASS’ blog. Recent guidance issued by CAFCASS suggests their involvement with families and the court system will change. With effect from 1 July, CAFCASS issued specific guidance, with the approval of the President of the Family Division, on the use of their professional time to benefit children.  The overall aim…

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Taking silk – what’s a QC?

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Last week we heard that twelve family lawyers had “taken silk” or in other parlance been appointed as Queen’s Counsel, or QC for short. So we thought, as a little side-track from our normal topic, a brief look at what a QC really is, and this business about silk, might be instructive. We will try to keep the history lesson short! Queen’s Counsel (or King’s Counsel during the reign of a male monarch) are senior barristers – or, unusually, senior solicitors who are specially qualified to do advocacy in the higher courts. The Queen’s (or King’s) Counsel superseded the Medieval…

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Proceedings, papers and profligacy

By | divorce, financial, Living together/cohabitation | No Comments

It is hardly headline-grabbing news to say that the family court is under immense pressure at the moment. There are increasing numbers of litigants in person having to manage complex and emotionally draining disputes in the courts without the benefit of legal advice or representation, due to the removal of legal aid for all but a few family cases. Judges are finding themselves having to help litigants in person by spending greater time explaining the procedures, decisions and implications. Additionally, court budgets have been cut and there are fewer full-time specialist judges. So cases are taking longer, and court time…

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Pressing questions

By | FAQ, the family courts | No Comments

We are all used to seeing the seemingly endless press coverage of cases affecting families – high profile divorces, battles over money and children, and the inevitable “quickie divorce” for a separating celebrity couple, but have you ever considered how the press get their stories? Did you know that, generally speaking, journalists can sit in the family courts and can report on some of what they hear? We thought we would take a brief look at how and when journalists can sit in the courtroom and what might end up in the papers. It all changed back in 2009 when…

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