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Welcome to the Family Section - the community for family and children lawyers

Please be aware that the Family Section will be closing on 31 December 2017. Our content will be available during January and merged with Law Society policy and practice content to create a broader offer for members. From 1 February 2018, you will be able to access the latest news, updates and activity in your area from the family policy pages.

We will continue to publish family materials on If you have not already done so, please register with My Law Society and select Family as an interest. Relevant content will appear in your personal homepage, keeping you up to date with our work.

Denotes premium member-only content. Existing members just need to register using the link above to gain access. Please note you must use the email address associated with your membership.

We commission exclusive articles from leading practitioners and commentators, on all areas of family law and practice


Digital justice in family law

29 June 2017

David Hodson OBE MICArb presented a paper on the role, benefits and concerns of digital technology in the family law system at the seventh World Congress of Family Law in Dublin.

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Knowledge sharing: a strategic imperative for family law practices

11 May 2017By

Sara Hunt, knowledge lawyer for the family team at Farrer & Co, discusses how family law firms can effectively share knowledge.

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Representing older children in care proceedings: case law update

18 December 2017By

Vicky Preece, winner of the Solicitor Advocate of the Year award 2017, discusses some recent decisions of interest for practitioners representing older children in care proceedings. 

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Courts in chaos?

28 November 2017By

Family law solicitors share their experiences of the family courts. 

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Is the family court in meltdown?

28 November 2017By

Family law solicitors share their experiences of the family courts.

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The voice of the child

27 November 2017By

Gemma Hope, senior associate, solicitor and collaborative lawyer at Family Law Partners, discusses the issue of hearing children in court. 

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

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Legal aid update 2017 (17 October 2017)

A comprehensive guide to obtaining legal aid in public law cases with an emphasis on high value cases. 

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Brexit and the impact on family lawyers

What impact will Brexit have on family lawyers? 

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FAQ: How to divorce a lost spouse

19 July 2017

The Law Society’s Library discusses what to do when your client loses his wife (literally) and wants to get divorced.

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FAQ: Precedents for severance of joint tenancy

17 March 2017

The Law Society library maintains a database of enquiries called Common Queries. These include results from research to find forms, precedents, rules, regulations and guidance. These records can be freely accessed via the library catalogue Library Knowledge Base. 

All FAQs


Family Law Hub area


We give you exclusive free access to case notes and webinars on a range of topical issues through our monthly updates provided by Family Law Hub.

Find out more about the Family Law Hub area.

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  • Supreme Court ruling highlights complexities in family 'abduction' cases

    Justices consider the effect of an application under the Hague Convention if a child has become habitually resident in the destination state.

  • Family

    Proceedings related to seven children for whom a final care order had been made in respect of each in favour of the same local authority. Some of the children were in foster care and others in specialist placements. All were subject to certain restrictions on their movement or liberty.

  • Hair strand testing in care proceedings

    The case H (A Child: Hair Strand Testing) 2017 EWFC 64 concerned care proceedings to determine whether H, an eight-month-old removed at birth and then returned to the mother under supervision, should remain in her mother’s care, given a history of drug abuse and the presentation of a positive drug test result from the mother at the time of H’s birth.

  • Advice vacuum looms on special educational needs

    Families with special educational needs may struggle to access state-funded specialist legal advice after the government cancelled procurement of education and discrimination services through its telephone helpline.