Children

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 …

Fathers 4 Justice – ground-breaking or simply breaking the rules?

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Fathers 4 Justice, and the splinter group 'New Fathers 4 Justice', have long been hitting headlines for the radical stunts some of their members take part in. The group are formed of fathers who feel that the Family Court system is unfairly biased against them More …

Children in Need and the impact in Eastleigh and Southampton

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The Eastleigh Child Contact Centre received a grant of £7,891 and the New Dawn Child Contact Centre received a grant of £8,766, both these centres are supported by the BBC charity Children in Need. More …

Soldiers in Petticoats

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Watching the film 'Suffragette' really brings home how fortunate modern day young women are, forging a career in what used to be considered a 'man's world', and how much I personally owe to the brave women who campaigned to make that possible. More …

The Changing Role of Grandparents

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Grandparents become childminders

George Osborne unveiled plans to extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents earlier this month. The hope is that this will "increase flexibility and choice in parental leave arrangements". More …

Why I was disappointed in Dr Foster

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Like many people across the country I was gripped by the fantastic BBC drama; Dr Foster, but the final scenes of the last episode disappointed me. More …