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Care Proceedings – Residence & Contact – The Changes

24th Apr 2014

Care Proceedings – Reforms

April 2014 sees the new combined Family Courts launched in England and Wales as part of Family justice system reforms described by Sir James Munby, President of The Family Division, as the biggest changes of a lifetime. They are enshrined in The Children & Families Act 2014.

The emphasis is on putting the welfare of the child at the heart of the process, setting new time limits for Cases where children are taken into care and compulsory Mediation Awareness Sessions for separating couples.