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Can a Step-Parent Obtain Parental Responsibility?

You may wonder if a step-parent can obtain parental responsibility for their step-child, depending on your family situation and desire for the child's wellbeing. This issue touches on a variety of factors, including legal rights, emotional bonds, and the well-being...
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In What Situation Can Grandparents Claim Custody?

In an ideal world, every child would grow up in a loving and stable home with their parents. However, life's unpredictable nature often throws curveballs that disrupt this ideal scenario. Sometimes, grandparents need to step in and take custody of...
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Major Changes in The Childcare Budget – What to Look Out For

In the Spring 2023 budget, the government announced that they would be making several key changes to childcare – predominantly, the finances around childcare. The cost-of-living crisis has only served to put pressure on families with more and more parents...
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Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Launches Online Platform for Young People Experiencing Mental Health Issues

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has launched a one-stop shop to support young people with mental health issues. This new initiative provides an accessible option for those struggling with their mental wellbeing, allowing them to explore...
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DWP Separate Family Statistics – What Does The Report Show?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been conducting a study across Great Britain looking to discern key figures in regards to separated families and their child maintenance agreements. Data collection began in April 2014 and lasted until March...
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Understanding the Court Process for Child Arrangement Orders

This will help those considering an application to the court for a child arrangement order where there are no allegations of domestic violence (DV). The court process is reasonably straight forward and there are normally three stages or appointments (with...
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What Can I Do If I Am Denied Access To My Child?

If you are being denied access to your child, you need to act quickly. Family mediation can help to re-establish contact and often quickly. A large majority of family mediation cases are child-related and due to access being denied or...
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How To Apply For A Child Arrangement Order

To apply for a child arrangement order, you will need to complete a special form called a C100 and it must be signed by an accredited family mediator before the courts will accept your application. If it is not signed,...
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