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  • A network of in-court advice centres is to be expanded nationally to assist unrepresented litigants: http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/oct/23/legal-advice-litigants-without-lawyers-justice?CMP=twt_gu

    Ministry of Justice scheme will cover family law and civil cases, and aims to fill the gap left following cuts in legal aid
    www.theguardian.comMinistry of Justice scheme will cover family law and civil cases, and aims to fill the gap left following cuts in legal aid

    2014-10-23T11:57:52+0000
  • The presumption of parental involvement comes into effect from today: http://www.simpsonmillar.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsid=2941

    Changes are being made to the Children's Act 1989 from October 22 this year.
    www.simpsonmillar.co.ukChanges are being made to the Children's Act 1989 from October 22 this year.

    2014-10-22T14:31:42+0000
  • Is there anyone from this site located in the Grimsby/Cleethorpes Area i could get in touch with please as need some advice on a matter which i would rather keep off here ???????.
  • All Civil Service employees will be offered equal parental pay and support from 2015: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29685546

    All Civil Service employees will be entitled to full parental pay from April 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce.
    www.bbc.co.ukAll Civil Service employees will be entitled to full parental pay from April 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce.

    2014-10-20T11:13:16+0000
  • If my exs mother attempts to collect my 10 year old child from school, without consent, and with an inducement that she will take her to her mums in defiance of me as the parent legitimately due to collect and refuses to take her hand off her then is this an offence?
  • Can anyone advise or help me? I have twin children, a boy and girl who are 10. I have always been a very caring and loving dad and up until last year had a very special relationship with both. I say up until last year because last march my son said he no longer wished to see me and from last September my daughter also said she no longer wanted to see me. My ex wife and I parted in 2011 after several domestic issues that occurred between both of us. I was arrested and my ex wife was cautioned by the police, however we continued to try to reconcile our marriage but in November she announced that the relationship was over and wanted a divorce, from that point she wanted no contact with me at all. I used a solicitor to arrange contact with my children and for 6 months I saw my children for alternate overnight weekend contact, Friday to sunday, however my ex wife refused to facilitate handovers and it was carried out by her son who at times was aggressive and rude. In June 2012 he turned up drunk and was aggressive towards me and when reporting it to the police he accused me of being aggressive and from that point I lost contact with my children for 3 months. After we agreed to use a mediation service i was allowed to see the children again but her son said he feared for his safety and refused to facilitate handovers any longer. It was agreed that I would finish work early to be able to pick them up from school and book every Monday morning off to take them back to school. The only communication my ex wife had with me was via a diary which was agreed at the mediation. In the October my ex wife wrote that she felt communication between us had broken down and in the best interest of the children she felt that a court order needed to be put in place for me to see my children. This is when I put an application in to the courts and CAFCASS got involved and my nightmare really began! They wrote a report which was extremely one sided and I was so desperate to see my children that I agreed to supervised contact which was funded by CAFCASS. I saw both my children at a contact centre which wasn't ideal but it was great having contact. Both children were happy and stated that they didn't want to leave at the end of each contact. However after the 3rd contact session my son told his mum that he didn't want to see me anymore and from that point on I haven't seen him. I have sent gifts and presents but it's been reported by his mother that it distresses him and he self harms himself when he recieves these gifts. I continued seeing my daughter who was more than happy to come and be with me. It went back to court and it was then decided that contact could progress do that I could then take her out the contact centre but still be supervised. Just like before all contact reports were positive and outlined no issues with my suitability being withy daughter. In October last year just before a contact hearing she wrote a letter telling the judge she no longer wished to see me either, his left me devastated. Up until that point no one seemed to view these reports written by the contact centre. She questioned my ex wife upon reading the reports and stated that they were some of the most positive reports she had read!! She asked why the children felt the way they do, to which my ex said she didn't know!! If was then ordered for a social worker to work with the children and me to regain contact as it was seen by the judge that contact between a father and children are very important. My son still refused to attend and i just saw my daughter. However the happy, loving little girl I remember was absolutely terrified of me when I met her in march and it broke my heart that she won't even let me cuddle her. The social worker wrote a report to the courts via CAFCASS, unfortunately I'm not allowed to see this report as CAFCASS need to send it to me. It's my understanding that the worker felt it very important for contact to continue with my daughter. CAFCASS have denied recieving this report and it was not filed at court for the final hearing. CAFCASS and my children's school Decided before the hearing that I have the indirect contact and that's exactly what the courts ordered. The way that this has been dealt with by CAFCASS from the beginning has been absolutely disgraceful, the officer has refused to include facts or historical information. They seem to think that it's not relevant that my ex has stopped her other children from seeing their dads, in exactly the same way! She had brain washed and scared the children telling them terrible stories and telling them that their fathers don't care about them, which is what she has done to my children about me. She even turned the final hearing at court into something about her instead of it being about the children by having someone from woman's refuge sit with her because the last judge could see through her lies and it was such a bad experience for her. In other words she was caught out and the judge dis believed her!! But it was a different judge this time and he really had no interest in the facts either. The last few years have been really hard, my solicitor just sucked as much money from me as they could, I had a trainee sent to represent me and he was walked all over by my exs solicitor. So in the end I represented myself. none of the facts or evidence has been looked at fairly by CAFCASS or the courts and I'm left in despair of what to do. My children have been brain washed against me. Has anyone lost their children like me, from a spiteful ex, and maybe in years later they have found their dads and been reunited, or have I lost them forever?? I'm expecting a new baby with my partner and it's left me in pieces because I want my twins to be part of my baby's life and not have her used as a weapon by my ex telling my twins that I've moved on and I don't love or care about them anymore. Can anyone give me any advice or help at all, please.
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  • The presumption of parental involvement in the Children and Families Act is due to come into force on 22 October 2014. It will be down to the courts to ensure that the Government's intention for more children to benefit from proper relationships with both parents is reflected in their decisions. http://www.familylaw.co.uk/news_and_comment/presumption-of-parental-involvement-to-come-into-force-on-22-october-2014#.VDvmCGddWoY

    The President of the Family Division has today announced that the presumption of parental involvement at section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (which inserts new sections 1(2)A, 1(2)B, 1(6) and 1(7) into the Children Act 1989) will come into force on 22 October 2014.
    www.familylaw.co.ukThe President of the Family Division has today announced that the presumption of parental involvement at section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (which inserts new sections 1(2)A, 1(2)B, 1(6) and 1(7) into the Children Act 1989) will come into force on 22 October 2014.

    2014-10-13T14:56:39+0000
  • A really interesting article on the BBC News website looks at the issues faced by parents representing themselves in the family courts: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29557581 Our support services can provide help on how to best pursue your case if you cannot afford legal advice: http://www.fnf.org.uk/help-and-support-2

    As figures show more parents are representing themselves in civil courts, parents speak about fighting - without a lawyer - to see their children.
    www.bbc.co.ukAs figures show more parents are representing themselves in civil courts, parents speak about fighting - without a lawyer - to see their children.

    2014-10-13T14:35:17+0000
  • Someone claiming to be a family member but whom I have never laid eyes on (my exs boyfriends mother) turns up at my kids school when its my contact weekend and I am due to collect by court order and physically grabs onto my daughter stating shes taking her home with her (not a named collector) and refuses to let go when asked by me to do so causing absolute mayhem and distress. She then abuses me in public. Thames Valley Police reaction....oh! its not an offence...but we will speak to her. WTF!
  • http://www.marilynstowe.co.uk/2014/09/23/laspo-and-litigants-in-person-by-john-bolch/#.VDY-mX72LC0.twitter

    I have been looking in a little more detail at the Bar Council report assessing the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (‘LASPO’) on the justice system a year a...
    www.marilynstowe.co.ukI have been looking in a little more detail at the Bar Council report assessing the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (‘LASPO’) on the justice system a year a...

    2014-10-09T08:08:43+0000
  • New national standards for family court experts: http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed133384

    Changes to the family court rules mean only qualified, experienced and recognised professionals will be able to give evidence as expert witnesses in family proceedings relating to children. This change follows the new laws implemented in April which mean expert evidence will now only be commissioned…
    www.familylawweek.co.ukChanges to the family court rules mean only qualified, experienced and recognised professionals will be able to give evidence as expert witnesses in family proceedings relating to children. This change follows the new laws implemented in April which mean expert evidence will now only be commissioned…

    2014-10-04T15:49:44+0000
  • Looking for guidance or support about seeing your children after separation? Find details for local meetings in October here: http://www.fnf.org.uk/help-and-support-2/local-branch-meetings

    Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.
    www.fnf.org.ukFamilies Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.

    2014-10-01T12:58:39+0000
  • Last week, Rob from Families Need Fathers spoke to Helen Blaby on BBC Radio Northampton about the important role fathers play in a child's life. You can listen to it online now! (segment begins at 01:22:15 in the recording) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026dhdd

    Helen brings you lunchtime talk entertainment, advice and topical items.
    www.bbc.co.ukHelen brings you lunchtime talk entertainment, advice and topical items.

    2014-09-29T12:23:59+0000
  • Thinking about representing yourself in court? Our information page will let you know what you need to consider: http://www.fnf.org.uk/law-information-2/courts/representing-yourself Our support services are available if you would like to speak to someone, face-to-face, over the phone or online: http://www.fnf.org.uk/help-and-support-2

    Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.
    www.fnf.org.ukFamilies Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.

    2014-09-19T10:50:46+0000
  • Thanks to Kevin at families need fathers in Suffolk my son now has some help for his second court hearing next week,, However the S7 report has now been completed and is full of lies !! The report was done by his ex girlfriends SW his son was not present due to indirect contact and this is what the court will see, disgusting,! Because I put in a compliant against SS the SW has made me out to be a complete monster and I;m not even party to the proceedings,, surely we can do something about the report !! any help please,,
  • A great profile of the Central London FNF branch via the excellent Custody Minefield blog: http://thecustodyminefield.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/face-to-face-support-fnf-central-london.html

    Community Newswire: 'Courts urged to replace guiding case in child custody cases'Cumberland News: 'Legal Boost for Brampton man's parent's rights campaign'Family Law Week: 'Mr Justice Mostyn calls for review of Poel and Payne'.McKenzie Magazine: 'Campaigning Successes x 2: Kids in the Middle and Bey…
    thecustodyminefield.blogspot.comCommunity Newswire: 'Courts urged to replace guiding case in child custody cases'Cumberland News: 'Legal Boost for Brampton man's parent's rights campaign'Family Law Week: 'Mr Justice Mostyn calls for review of Poel and Payne'.McKenzie Magazine: 'Campaigning Successes x 2: Kids in the Middle and Bey…

    2014-09-16T09:17:19+0000
  • hi there, divorced dd who sees his children but less than 50% of the time. Struggling get a school bus pass for the time they need one even though they dont have one at their mums place. Doesnt help that she actively trying to stop me getting one just to point score :-( Any thoughts / others in same place who have found solutions
  • 2014-09-11T07:32:49+0000
  • A new FNF meeting starts in Cornwall this Wednesday at 7.30pm. Click here for more details: http://plymouth.fnf.org.uk/
    2014-09-08T10:01:54+0000

FNF_Media A massive congratulations to Gary, who has been fundraising by walking the length of the Liverpool/Leeds canal! https://t.co/BBBm9ewVO7
FNF_Media Mediation session to now be free for both parties where one parent qualifies for legal aid: https://t.co/sGgtZfr9tz
FNF_Media In-court advice centres to be provided nationally to help unrepresented litigants: http://t.co/Ae2z3A6DXp
FNF_Media Check out our new, redesigned Families Need Fathers website! https://t.co/S8Ep5e1rFj
FNF_Media http://t.co/lw3jfkB2ju A parental alienation youtube video by Gregory Mantell
FNF_Media With child maintenance charges being introduced today, check our information page to see if you will be affected: http://t.co/i3rWCr7yhk
FNF_Media Need guidance or support about seeing your children after separation? Find details for our October meetings here: http://t.co/X3OjjIqIW5
FNF_Media Catch up with our newsletter for July online now! http://t.co/AhxezvpOQo
FNF_Media RT @JordansFamLaw: Presumption of parental involvement to come into force on 22 October 2014: The President of the Fam... http://t.co/G2Bv8
FNF_Media Need guidance or support in seeing your children after separation? Find details for local meetings in September here: http://t.co/X3OjjIqIW5
FNF_Media FNF members can download our CSA and Child Maintenance Service factsheets, available free in the members' area: http://t.co/3ozxV5trHy
FNF_Media The FNF Selby meeting will be moving to York from September. For more details, check out our branch listings here: http://t.co/sQtiSmHZRZ
FNF_Media FNF response to the release of @csjthinktank Breakthrough Britain II report: http://t.co/AQlq4b4Aft
FNF_Media RT @ChaRiches: A drama download for all the young dads out there http://t.co/I94P2htcjq @YoungDadCouncil @fatherhoodinst @FNF_Media
FNF_Media The numbers of litigants-in-person has jumped by 20,000 over the previous year - http://t.co/y1UVAXztN7
FNF_Media A new FNF meeting starts in Cornwall this Wednesday at 7.30pm. Click here for more details: http://t.co/x1nogana90
FNF_Media RT @TCMFamilyLaw: @FNF_Media sharing your good work. Chair of FNF's Central London Branch details how his branch helps parents http://t.co/
FNF_Media Listen to Rob from FNF discussing litgants-in-person on the Victoria Derbyshire show earlier this week (13:46 on) - http://t.co/lWjMvloCkY
FNF_Media Really interesting article on parents' experiences representing themselves in the family courts: http://t.co/9nKLo7q8yt

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