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News relating to: Child protection and care proceedings

Think twice before using social media during a family dispute

It is forecast that, by the end of this year, 90 per cent of the UK adult population will use a social media account at least once a month.  This is a remarkable statistic, but perhaps even more remarkable is ...

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15.09.2022

BBC highlights continued illegal use of unregulated placements for children in care

Almost one year on from a ban on unregulated placements of children under the age of 16 coming into force in September 2021, a BBC News investigation has highlighted that these types of placements are still being widely used for ...

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25.08.2022

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Can a non-molestation order prevent someone bothering me?

Domestic abuse can impact individuals of any age or race and is seen across all parts of society.  Unfortunately, statistics from the Office for National Statistics reveal that domestic abuse is on the increase, with cases having risen by 6% ...

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05.07.2022

Parental responsibility and assisted conception via IVF or a donor

Nearly 60,000 people benefit from invitro fertilisation (IVF) and donor insemination at HFEA licensed fertility clinics in the UK, and it is not uncommon for an unlicensed clinic or ‘at home’ informal arrangement to be used for sperm donation. While ...

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05.05.2022

Securing the right to see your grandchildren

The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren can be very special and one that most parents fully support.  On occasions, however, access can be cut off or restricted, causing hurt and upset.  Michelle Uppal, family law expert with Miles & ...

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08.02.2022

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The implications of alcohol misuse and family arrangements

While many adults drink alcohol responsibly, unfortunately there is a significant percentage of the adult population in England that misuse alcohol.  Government statistics for 2020 show that over half a million adults in England were admitted to hospital, primarily due ...

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07.07.2021

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Who has parental responsibility and what does it mean?

Families now come in all shapes and sizes, and children may live with parents who are cohabiting, married, separated or divorced. They may be part of a step-family, live with adoptive parents, grandparents, other relatives or a special guardian. If ...

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09.05.2021

Surrogacy for single parents and your legal rights

Recently The Times reported on the story of David Watkins, one of the first men to become a single father by choice in the UK after the surrogacy laws were reformed in 2019. The change ended a restriction over providing ...

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09.03.2021

Legal aid remuneration is unfair and deters lawyers from building a career, Westminster inquiry hears

Parliamentarians in the Westminster Commission into the Sustainability of Legal Aid heard evidence from family law practitioners on 19 November, including from Lorraine Green an associate solicitor at Miles and Partners who specialises in cases involving children, care proceedings, adoption ...

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24.11.2020