Domestic abuse has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on children is well known. A recent court judgment provides clarity and guidance on the robust legal framework which exists in Scotland to govern decisions affecting children and protect them from the impact and harm of domestic abuse. It should reassure victims of domestic abuse that the family court cannot view historical abuse in isolation when making decisions about a child's residence and contact arrangements.
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Eastenders' storyline highlights the role of a family lawyer – but how do you choose and contact one?
Although EastEnders is fiction, the situation that character Chantelle Atkins experienced is one that will be common to many people in real life. If you are experiencing what Chantelle was subjected to, then you are perhaps considering contacting a family lawyer. You might be thinking about how would you go about this and what factors should you take into account when deciding which family lawyer to instruct?
Domestic abuse has always been a feature of the work family law professionals encounter. However, lockdown and self-isolation during the pandemic has brought it into sharp relief as victims have been forced to spend a lengthy period of time with their abusers.
Unfortunately, the benefits that self-isolation do bring additional problems for other individuals in society who may be at risk, such as those who are the victims of domestic abuse.
What will a new Children (Scotland) Act 2020 mean for families? Part four – Section 11 orders, Curators Ad Litem, Contempt of court, explaining decisions to children
New laws relating to children in Scotland are currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament. In a series of short blogs, our Family Law will consider some of the key provisions of the Bill and how those could impact on practitioners and the families that we represent. In this blog, we look at proposed changes to how child welfare reporters are appointed and how child contact centres might be regulated.