Children

Can I change my child's surname?

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There are many reasons why a parent might want to change their child's surname, including due to parental separation, divorce or re-marriage. In every case, a child's surname is an integral part of who they are and seeking to change their surname can be a very emotive issue. More …

When a child has a baby, does the Court place them in a special category?

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The High Court has decided that it is not necessary for a Local Authority to inform a father of his baby's birth. More …

Betting against child support: when gambling does pay

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In the recent case of French v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 470, an appeal by a father against a decision in the Upper Tribunal that his income from gambling was earnings from gainful employment such that it could be part of a child support assessment, the Judges found in favour of the appellant. The Judges ruled that where an individual is found not to be a self-employed earner in relation to his gambling winnings, such 'earnings' should not be included in assessing his or her liability for child support. More …

The Department of Health and Social Care releases consultation to enable a single person to apply for a Parental Order

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When a child is born through surrogacy, the intended parents of the child may apply to the court for a parental order which then transfers legal parenthood of the child to the intended parents. Currently, it is only couples who can apply for such an order, but a consultation was released on 8 March 2018 on the intention to extend this to single parents. More …

Having a child through surrogacy

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A blog by top 50 UK law firm Blake Morgan. The family law team explains what all parties to a surrogacy arrangement should be aware of before making such a life-changing commitment. More …

How do we co-parent after separation?

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Even when separating couples are on good terms, when it comes to how they continue to co-parent their children, they can still encounter difficulties. As part of Mediation week, we demonstrate how mediation can be utilised to assist separated parents to work together to successfully co-parent their children. More …

Does my new partner need a DBS check?

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In England and Wales, an employer must check a potential employee's criminal records if they apply for certain jobs or voluntary positions. This is carried out through the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau). A thorough check is also carried out against a person who is applying to foster or adopt a child More …

Decisions regarding medical treatment of a child

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The recent Junior Doctors strikes made me consider the legal problems that can arise for medical professionals when it comes to deciding what medical treatment a child should receive and the balancing act that doctors sometimes have to play. More …

Why does a father need parental responsibility?

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Fathers Parental Rights

A father with parental authority has legal authority to make decisions about important aspects of a child's life. More …

When does a father have parental responsibility?

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The phrase 'parental responsibility' encompasses the rights, duties, powers, responsibility and authorities which by law a parent has in relation to their child. More …