This guidance for Family and County Court Judges through the COVID-19 pandemic was issued by the Judiciary of England and Wales on 23 March 2020.
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During this time of special arrangements for everyone due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are aware that all our members are doing their upmost to continue to serve the needs of clients.
The president of the family division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued the following guidance which should be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court Family Division.
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Family courts in England and Wales are increasingly dealing with international family law cases – much more so than even just a few years ago – indeed there is every likelihood that Brexit will increase the amount of litigation in England and Wales.
The current crisis and the problems that the courts are facing has shone a new light on how we practice and the solutions we can offer our clients.
There have been many mentions of arbitration and changes. What’s that all about?
Status of initial meetings and MIAMs | Unaccredited mediators and MIAMs | Conducting MIAMs | Safeguarding/screening and assessment in the MIAM | Conducting MIAMs via other media | Charging for the MIAM | Offering the MIAM as a free service | Legal aid eligibility
Impartiality and conflicts of interest | Conflicts of interest | Impartiality in practice | Voluntary participation | Neutrality | The importance of individual legal advice | Confidentiality, privacy and privilege | Confidentiality and safeguarding | Confidentiality, privilege and legal proceedings | The welfare of children | Abuse and power imbalances within the family
This sections includes accreditation, MIAMs, PPCs, continuing professional development, insurance and Child Inclusive Mediation (CIM).
This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs explores the possible legal scenarios of judicial cooperation between the EU and the UK in the area of family law.
This is a recording of the Family Justice Question Time from Resolution's National Conference in Manchester on 6th April 2019.
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Listen to the Finance Update presented at Resolution's National Conference 2019 by Grant Howell and Andrew Newbury (5th April 2019).
This is a glossary of key terms in international family law.
This list of useful links and resources accompanies Resolution's Guide to International Family Law.
This table of forms accompanies Resolution's Guide to International Family Law.
This is a table of cases that accompanies Resolution's Guide to International Family Law.
This is a table of legislation that accompanies Resolution's Guide to International Family Law.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide the practitioner with a basic knowledge and understanding of the institutional and legislative framework of the European Union (EU) as well as the relevance of the Council of Europe and The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the field of family law.
This chapter considers different immigration law issues that can arise across the spectrum of international family law.
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.
UK law supports surrogacy if it fits a model deemed acceptable: purportedly altruistic, consenting and privately arranged. Surrogacy is therefore not illegal in the UK but it is restricted by legislation.
The issue discussed in this chapter arises when or after an international relationship breaks down and either of the parents wishes to relocate.
Always consider child abduction/retention in any case involving a child and a foreign element.
The fundamental rule in this jurisdiction is that the responsibility of a parent as regards the person and upbringing of a child is unaffected by domicile or nationality.