CAFCASS

CAFCASS and their role in matters relating to children

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) are a non-departmental public body, whose role is to: Safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Give advice to the family courts. Make provisions for children to be represented in family law proceedings. Provide information, advice and support to children and their families. CAFCASS ensure that children’s voices are heard …

Non-molestation Orders

Non-molestation orders are court orders prohibiting an individual from “molesting” another person who is associated with them and/or a relevant child.  Applications for these types of orders are ordinarily made under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. Molestation is not defined under the 1996 Act, but includes violence and threats of violence. It is not confined to such physical …

Statement

Statement of Information and its role in financial settlement

The Statement of Information operates as a condensed form of disclosure, a pragmatic, abbreviated Form E, to assist the court in considering applications for a Consent Order, where parties have been able to reach an agreement on the settlement of the family finances. The courts utilise the information set out within the Statement of Information, using form D81, to ensure that …

cohabiting

Cohabiting relationships in the future

The turn of the new year often sees reflection and shines a light on the current position and times past. In family law disputes, nowhere is that more needed than when considering cohabiting couples. Most couples’ property disputes centre on a piece of legislation known as TOLATA and our recent blog summarises this neatly. But what does the future hold …

civil partnership marriage

Civil partnerships and equality for all

Under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, civil partnerships are legally recognised relationships between two people of the same sex, which only exist once registered. Upon registration, these partnerships confer the same rights and responsibilities to the partners that are conferred to married couples. Since March 2014, it has been possible for civil partners to convert their partnership into a marriage, …