ArticlesThe Children and Families Act  2014

The 22nd April 2014 saw the coming into force of the most far-reaching child welfare legislature to be considered by Parliament in decades: the Children and Families Act 2014.

According to the Government’s press release, the purpose of the Act was the “greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life” and also to ensure that “vital changes to the adoption system can be put into practice, meaning more children who need loving homes are placed faster” and “reforms for children in care can be implemented including giving them the choice to stay with their foster families until their 21st birthday.”

In addition to this, the date also saw the formation of the single Family Court, replacing the system whereby family proceedings may have been heard by county courts or Magistrates’ courts.

But what have these changes actually meant for the law itself, for our firm and for our clients?

Our comprehensive series of articles cover the effects of the new single Family Court and the new Children and Families Act upon you, upon us, and upon English law:

Additionally, the following articles have been revised to bring them into line with the reforms:

While we have made every effort to ensure that all information on our website is accurate and up-to-date, these new changes are sweeping and encompass many aspects of family law. Despite our best efforts, we cannot therefore guarantee the accuracy of any articles predating the changes in legislature.

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