Children

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 …

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 …