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The Queen's Speech: What does it mean for family lawyers?

  • In yesterday's Queen's Speech, it was simply said:

    "My Government will strive to improve the lives of children and families.

    My Government will propose measures to improve provision for disabled children and children with special educational needs. New arrangements will be proposed to support children involved in family law cases, reform court processes for children in care and strengthen the role of the Children’s Commissioner.

    Measures will be proposed to make parental leave more flexible so both parents may share parenting responsibilities and balance work and family commitments."

    What does that mean for the likes of us family practitioners?  Well, it means a new Children and Families Bill being introduced in the current parliamentary session which will include, faster adoption and care proceedings, more opportunities for parents to take advantage of flexible leave, better help for children with special needs and a "shake-up" of the family justice system so that it delivers "father-friendly access arrangements" (as one newspaper put it). Following on from the Family Justice Review, there will now be a consultation on the introduction of a presumption of shared parenting (the Family Justice Review of course warned against introducing such a move). As was widely speculated, no mention was made of same-sex marriage.

News, published: 10/05/2012

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Published: 10/05/2012

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