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'Developmental harm' should be considered in child cruelty sentencing

16 June 2017

Judges would assess the developmental harm caused to a child when sentencing those convicted of child cruelty under new proposals published by the Sentencing Council.


Acting in the absence of a children's guardian - New practice note

8 June 2017

We have published new guidance for solicitors appointed by the court to represent children in proceedings where there are delays between the order appointing a children’s guardian and the allocation of a guardian.

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Children & access to justice: more work to be done, says report

22 November 2016

The right of children to express their views in legal matters affecting them (the right of active engagement) is increasingly recognised in jurisdictions around the world, but significant barriers remain, according to a new report.

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Arbitration scheme extends to parental responsibility disputes

21 July 2016

The Family Law Arbitration Scheme is to be extended to disputes concerning parental responsibility

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Media request to all family lawyers: BBC Radio 4's Money Box

6 June 2016

BBC Radio 4’s personal finance show Money Box is looking for people in their 30s for interview who have split from a cohabiting relationship where there are children involved

Joy Merriam

Webinar: Conducting care proceedings in the Family Court (18 May 2016)

27 May 2016

This webinar, inclusive in Family Section membership for 2016, will give a practical overview and advocacy tips, including on threshold, evidence, fact-finding and expert witnesses. Listen now!

All Children Law News, Features and Updates

Family Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Family Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Advisory Group and will focus on key issues including:

  • Sharland and Gohil Supreme Court Judgement
  • Family Law Protocol
  • General Children Law update
  • Forced marriages
  • Divorce centres a year on
  • Pensions for family lawyers
  • General financial remedies update
  • Surrogacy
  • Social media as a business tool: Is LinkedIn worth my time?
  • Emotional resilience
  • Domestic Violence
  • Serious Crime Act 2015: FGM provisions

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Discounts off Law Society publications and webinars, Features, Commentary, Webinars, News and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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