The New Family Courts have now come into being and will affect how family cases are dealt with.
The changes are intended to ensure the right level of judge is appointed for a particular Family Court case, and that it is held in the most suitable location.
In addition reforms to the law relating to children now apply with the abolition of labels such as “residence” and “contact” and the arrangements concerning children being dealt with under Child Arrangements Orders. Transitional provisions are in place for parents who already have a Residence Order or Contact Order (formerly known as custody and access). If you are experiencing difficulties in respect of your children and need advice on the new law and the effect this may have on you and your children please telephone to make an appointment with one of our family law experts.