Two recent cases have clarified the position where parents disagree on whether to vaccinate their children, and a local authority’s position when considering children in its care.
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The new Scottish measures have similarities with and differences from E&W, Canada, Australia and NZ. One key point is the move to hear the voice of the child.
This response has been prepared by members of Resolution’s Children and Legal Aid Committees made up of local authority lawyers, lawyers acting for parents and those acting for children on a day to day basis.
The object of all dispute resolution is to clarify facts and narrow issues. The use of experts may be considered in child-related situations, including proceedings. Those involved in assisting parties, including the court, may be helped by an expert’s findings in relation to injuries or medical complaints, psychological problems including attachments, or even how children have reacted in a supervised contact centre.
In the words of Sir James Munby, the threatened closure of the FDAC National Unit is “profoundly disturbing news”, undermining efforts to help “some of the most vulnerable and marginalised parents and children in our society”
This chapter considers what is required to achieve jurisdiction so that an order can be made under Part IV of the Children Act 1989.
This chapter deals with the issues that may arise when dealing with an international adoption.
To the extent that there is a codified jurisdictional rule in England & Wales, it is found in Chapter II of the Family Law Act 1986 (FLA 1986). Never the easiest piece of legislative drafting, the Act has grown increasingly more cumbersome through successive amendments to take account of various international instruments concerned with jurisdiction.
Listen to the Children Update presented at Resolution's National Conference 2019 by Elspeth Thomson and Samantha Little (5th April 2019).
The Children Committee works to protect children in the family justice system and help members put children at the centre of family justice.
Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children issue joint guidance for family lawyers in case of a no-deal scenario.
This is the Children Update presented at Resolution's National Conference 2018 in Bristol by Elspeth Thomson and Samantha Little (20th April 2018).