A barrister prohibited from acting, remote hearing success and the latest Cafcass figures

Weekly Family Law Update | October 24, 2020

Barrister prohibited from acting in children case The High Court has dismissed an appeal by a father involved in proceedings concerning arrangements for his daughter, against an order prohibiting his barrister from accepting further instructions from him in those proceedings.  The court had made the order because of acrimony between the barrister and the mother, […]

Child maintenance, an unprecedented application, a new FDAC and more

Weekly Family Law Update | October 14, 2020

Child Maintenance Service statistics The Department for Work and Pensions (‘DWP’) has published the latest statistics for the Child Maintenance Service (‘CMS’), for the quarter to June 2020. The statistics show that there are now 741,200 children covered by CMS arrangements, 474,700 through Direct Pay arrangements (where the CMS calculates the amount of maintenance to […]

Family Law Specialists Continue to Expand

Weekly Family Law Update | October 1, 2020

Prince Family Law has grown in size and reputation to become one of the leading specialist Family Law Practices in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands. We are looking to further expand both our Chesterfield and Sheffield offices and have vacancies for two Solicitors / Legal Executives to join our highly experienced legal team. This […]

Vulnerable children, a fake DNA test and the latest Cafcass figures

Weekly Family Law Update | September 26, 2020

Children’s Commissioner warning over vulnerable children Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has warned that vulnerable children who require urgent support will “slip out of view” because of the impact of coronavirus. Ms Longfield said: “After the school six-week holidays it’s always the case that there are spikes in referrals to social services for […]

A care case, remote hearings, a new judge and strained relationships: Children can return home after father has anger management treatment

Weekly Family Law Update | September 16, 2020

A family court judge has allowed two children to return to their family, after the local authority had had them removed, due to concerns about the physical chastisement of one of the children. The two children, a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl, lived with their mother and her partner, the father of the younger […]

Medical treatment, marriage and domestic abuse: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | September 10, 2020

Court authorises withdrawal of child’s medical treatment The High Court has granted an application by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for a declaration that withdrawing intensive care from a 12-year-old boy with brain injuries is in his best interests. The boy suffered a “profound, severe neurological injury” in April, after he was found […]

Support for litigants, similar fact evidence and children at risk of eviction: The last week in family law Support for people representing themselves in court

Weekly Family Law Update | August 26, 2020

People representing themselves in court will receive enhanced legal support following £3.1 million in additional funding, the Ministry of Justice has announced. In a joint initiative with the Access to Justice Foundation, funding will be provided to not for profit organisations across the country to provide free legal support – ensuring better advice and clear […]