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child arrangements | Cambridge Family Law Practice

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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Stop Bugging Me

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It’s unusual for a judge in a children law case to commence a judgment with an important statement of principle. This is a particularly good one that bears repeating and sets the scene perfectly for our blog this week: “It is almost always likely to be wrong for a recording device to be placed on a child for the purpose of gathering evidence in family proceedings, whether or not the child is aware of its presence. This should hardly need saying, but nowadays it is all too easy for individuals to record other people without their knowledge. Advances in technology…

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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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