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Section 7 Reports

23-Jul-2017

A Section 7 is a report about an aspect of your childs welfare that the court may order Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) to write in order to help the judge make a decision regarding contact or residence of a child. ...

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For the parent in court today (Private Proceedings)

31-Aug-2015

First of all, dont panic. If you stay calm, put forward reasonable proposals, and ensure your proposals are based upon your childs needs you shouldnt come out too badly. Keep to the important points, dont be unnecessarily combative, dont be aggressi...

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Tips of making handover regarding contact between children and non resident parent work.

31-Aug-2015

Handovers are where you are picking the kids up from your former partner to spend time with you, or when you are dropping them off again. They can be one of the few times that some separated parents, particularly those that have had a high conflict ...

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Trying to make contact work without a court order

31-Aug-2015

It is important not to use the time your children spend with your ex as a bargaining tool. You may no longer be partners, but you are forever parents, and your children need you to co-parent even if you no longer live together. Ways to help mak...

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Preparation for Contested Hearings

31-Aug-2015

If you find yourself in a disagreement which goes before the court, you may need to attend a contested hearing. What happens at a contested hearing? During the hearing, each party gets the chance to argue their position and present their cas...

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Cafcass Safeguarding Checks

31-Aug-2015

If you issue an application in the Family Court then you will undoubtedly have some contact with a CAFCASS officer. Initially they will contact you to carry out what are known as Safeguarding Checks. This means that they will ask you for you details...

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Section 37 Report

31-Aug-2015

A Section 37 investigation is an enquiry in to a childs circumstances by a Social Worker. When is a Section 37 investigation necessary? Under section 37 of the Children Act 1989 a court may direct a local authority to investigate a childs ci...

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Access to school records

31-Aug-2015

Local education authorities and schools must keep information on each pupils educational progress. They may also keep a record of other information, for example, about the pupils medical history, family background, personality and predictions of fut...

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Applying for a court order

31-Aug-2015

This guide is for you if you are a parent and you disagree with your childs other parent or other family members about things like: where your child lives, who they live with and when, how often they see the parent they dont live with most of the ...

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Powers available to the Court

31-Aug-2015

Investigative: Appointment of a CAFCASS Officer Appointment of a Guardian-ad-Litem to represent the child's bests interests and 'ascertainable' wishes and feelings Appointment of an Expert (psychologist), and psychological assessments of the pare...

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First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment (FHDRA)

31-Aug-2015

Before the first hearing. In some cases you may be told to do something before you go to court for the first hearing; if so you will receive an order from the court. For example, you may have to provide a summary explaining what progress you and ...

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Issue Resolution Hearings

30-Aug-2015

Issue Resolution Hearings (IRH) are sometimes referred to as pre-hearing review. At this hearing, the court will see if any agreement can be reached by everybody involved in the case (for example about where your child should live in the long te...

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