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Who has parental responsibility? At birth • where the parents were married to each other at the time of the child's birth, they each have parental responsibility...

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Step-parents Since 30 December 2005 a step-parent who is married to or the civil partner of a parent of a child who has parental responsibility may apply for an order for...

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Who has parental responsibility? At birth • where the parents were married to each other, or from 2 December 2019 civil partners of each other at the time of the child’s...

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Child arrangements orders Since 22 April 2014, when section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into effect, the terms 'residence' and 'contact' have...

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Acquisition of parental responsibility by step-parents A step-parent who wishes to acquire parental responsibility for a step-child with whom they are living may do so...

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This document provides general guidance regarding applications for adoption by step-parents. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your...

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Circumstances in which a special guardianship order may be made The court may make a special guardianship order (SGO): • as the result of a free-standing application by...

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Introduction In addition to periodical payments orders, the court may also make capital orders under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). Such orders are most...

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From: [insert full previous name of the person executing the deed] To: [insert full new name of the person executing the deed] This change of name Deed is made the...

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From: [insert child's previous forename and surname] To: [insert child's new forename and surname] This change of name Deed is made the [insert date and month] 20[insert...

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Children's surnames at registration A child's birth must be registered within 42 days of birth. It is the duty of the mother and father of the child to register the...

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This document provides general guidance regarding changing a child’s name. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances. Who can...

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Child arrangements and contact orders—domestic abuse and harm A substituted Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), FPR 2010, PD 12J (Child Arrangements and Contact...

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Child arrangements orders Since 22 April 2014, when section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into effect, the terms 'residence' and 'contact' have...

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Child arrangements orders providing for a child to live with two or more persons Since 22 April 2014 residence and contact orders have been replaced by child arrangement...

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This document provides general guidance regarding applications for child arrangements orders. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your...

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Child arrangements orders Since 22 April 2014, when section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into effect, the terms 'residence' and 'contact' have...

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Child arrangements orders—regulating living arrangements Since 22 April 2014, when section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into effect, the terms...

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Family proceedings are governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955. The rules in respect of private law proceedings relating to children are...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners considering which courts have jurisdiction to...

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The welfare of more than one child In situations where the welfare of two children who have conflicting interests is inextricably linked, the court must decide whether...

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This Practice Note explains the principles applied in relation to costs in children proceedings (private and public) and the limited circumstances in which an order for...

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General principles The relevant costs provisions are set out in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 28 and FPR 2010, PD 28A. Certain parts of the...

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The overriding objective The Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 1 sets out the overriding objective. The overriding objective is to enable the court...

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In Re G (children) (residence: same-sex partner) Baroness Hale summarised the three ways in which an individual can become a parent (at paras [33-35]), ie: • genetic...

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The procedure for an application for a declaration of parentage is governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 8. Applications for...

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