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What do I do if my child is referred to social services?

When a referral is made to social services, by a child’s school or doctor, for example, each Local Authority will have its own process for referrals being made. Within each Local Authority, Children’s Social Care (“social services”) should be the principle point of contact for dealing with referrals.


Parenting after Parting

This article will discuss the following issues relevant for couples who are separating and have a child or children together:-


Relocating with Children in the UK

If you would like to move to a different part of the UK with a child, all those that have parental responsibility should agree.

There is no legal requirement to acquire formal consent from the other parent where you are relocating within the UK. However, relocating without their consent is firmly cautioned against. The parent that is opposing the relocation may bring an application to prevent it. 


Parental Alienation – What Is It & What Causes It?

Parental Awareness – What Is It?
April 25th is Parental Alienation Awareness Day. With a rapid rise in cases of parental alienation in the UK, recent court judgements show that courts are not taking the matter lightly and are unafraid to take action against offenders.


What is a Child Arrangements Order?

What is a Child Arrangements Order?
A Child Arrangements Order is a Court Order which sets out with whom a child is to live with and with whom a child is to spend time with.

The Order remains legally binding until the child reaches the age of 16 unless the Order specifically states otherwise. The “live with” element remains legally binding until the child reaches the age of 18.


No Fault Divorce – ‘To Blame or not to Blame’

No Fault Divorce – ‘To Blame or not to Blame’
After centuries of stagnation, it was announced on 25 June 2020 that the law in relation to Divorce was being modernised. This modernisation was after years of deliberation where all divorces had to be one party’s fault (unless you rely on separation) and this subsequently gave rise to the ‘blame game’.


Medical negligence claims: What you need to know

Medical negligence claims: What you need to know
If you’ve been let down by healthcare professionals responsible for your or a loved one’s wellbeing, a medical negligence claim could be your route to securing support and getting your life back on track.


Cerebral Palsy Claim: What You Need to Know

Cerebral Palsy Claim: What You Need to Know
During your pregnancy, there are a range of conditions, illnesses or disorders that you may become aware of. This can seem alarming and unsettling, however, the vast majority of pregnancies result in perfectly healthy births.


Non Molestation Order

Non Molestation Order
A non-molestation order is a special injunction that aims to prevent a partner or former partner from harming you or your children.


Mediation in Family Law Proceedings

Mediation in Family Law Proceedings
Mediation is the process by which families can negotiate the future arrangements with the help of a neutral third party. This can be done in respect of a divorce or it can relate to children.


Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate Relationship

Often when individuals think of domestic abuse, they assume that it is physical, but this is not the case, and it can also be mental/emotional abuse. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.


5 Things To Look Out For In A Medical Negligence Solicitor

5 Things to Look Out For In A Medical Negligence Solicitor
What can you look out for to ensure you’ve found the right solicitor to guide you through a medical negligence or birth injury claim, should you find yourself in such unfortunate circumstances? In this article, we’ll identify five key questions to help you decide.


Grandparents’ Rights

My Bump2Baby – Grandparents’ rights
At Myerson, we regularly get asked whether grandparents have legal rights to see their grandchildren.


Amicable Separation

‘I am nervous about seeing a lawyer because we are very amicable and we are all agreed. We don’t want the lawyers to push us into doing something else’

This is a comment I hear regularly from potential clients making enquiries about an appointment with us. I always assure those people that our job is not to scupper their agreement. Your lawyer is there to provide advice and then once you have had time to consider that advice, the lawyer then proceeds with your instructions.


How to Agree on Christmas Contact Arrangements

How to Agree on Christmas Contact Arrangements
This article, all about “How to agree on Christmas contact arrangements,” was written by Stuart Chapman from Myerson Solicitors.

With Christmas approaching, you might be worried about sorting out the arrangements for the festive period and the time that your children will spend with you if you are separated or divorced.


5 Things To Do If You Feel You Have Had Poor Medical Care

5 Things To Do If You Feel You Have Had Poor Medical Care
The vast majority of medical care we receive occurs with no issue. However, if you feel as though the care you received could have, or should have, been better, then it can be difficult to know what to do. There are a number of options available to raise the issue(s) and ultimately, where possible, seek to rectify whatever has gone wrong. This article contains 5 things you should do if you feel you have had poor medical care.


What is Poor Maternity Care?

What is poor maternity care?

From the moment you see the blue line on a pregnancy test, through to holding your newborn baby in your arms, becoming a parent is a life-changing experience in every sense. For many of us, it is a moment we dream about, however when an experience doesn’t match up to our expectations, it can be extremely upsetting and disappointing. For some people, the care they receive throughout their pregnancy, labour or after birth can be wildly different to that of which they imagined. We can often feel helpless, however, if you or your baby have been left with injuries or if your outcome wasn’t one you planned for and if you suspect negligent care has had an impact then you may be eligible to seek birth injury compensation.


Unmarried Fathers’ Rights

In the UK, every child has a right to see both of their parents.  For couples that stay together, this is not a problem, but when parents split up, things can get a little more complicated. If both of the parents are married when the child is born, things are relatively simple but if they are not, the rules are different – as they can be between the mothers’ and fathers’ rights.
If you are an unmarried father who is looking to have contact to their child after a breakup, it is important that you know where you stand.


Attending Family Court


Family court is involved with cases that cover families and children. They can help to resolve family law disputes relating to divorce, adoption, and the arrangements for children.  If you need to go to a family court, this can be a daunting and emotional process, but it is an important one, and you need to attend and engage. Not only could there be consequences to not attending, but it also makes you look bad which could also go against you in the hearing.


Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements

We all want security and stability within our lives. A lot of the time this is not achievable. However, one area where you can create security and stability is your marriage. Whether you are already married, about to get married or enter into a civil partnership; putting a nuptial agreement in place can help with logistics.


What is a power of attorney?

What is a power of attorney?
Sometimes we all need a helping hand. But what if a short-term fix isn’t the answer? What if you become unable to make good decisions about your life, health, money, property?

Andrew Guilfoyle, a solicitor at the Hampshire-based law firm, Barker Son & Isherwood, explains how a Power of Attorney could help protect you and the things you own.


Divorce and Children – Everything You Need To Know

Divorcing your spouse when you have children can be a very difficult and emotional time. There is so much more to think about when there are young children to consider, you want to make sure you handle your divorce proceedings as best as you can as a parents divorce can be traumatic for children if it isn’t handled properly.


How to Get a Divorce in the UK

How to get a divorce

Going through a divorce means that you and your partner have decided, for whatever reason, that you do not wish to be together anymore. It involves separating and terminating your marriage legally.


How Much Does a Divorce Cost in the UK?

is getting a divorce expensive? The truth is, no one can say how expensive getting a divorce is, because it depends on your personal situation as well as the divorce route that you choose to take. If you have children and property to deal with, this can play a huge role in increasing the price of your divorce. 


Divorcing with Kids – How to Tell Children About Divorce

how-do-you-tell-your-child-youre-getting-a-divorce Getting a divorce is a tough time for all of the family, one of the hardest parts is talking to your children about divorce. For a child, hearing that your parents are separating is really tough at any age, but there are ways that you can make the conversation a bit easier for everyone involved. 


The importance of Making a Will for you and your family

The importance of Making a Will for you and your family
In these difficult times, I am sure we have all changed our perspective on life and sadly as we all struggle with coming to terms with the increased risk we face each day it may be sensible to address the reality of what happens to our assets and liabilities should we die.


The five faces of Domestic Abuse

The five faces of Domestic Abuse
As our understanding of domestic violence has developed, the forms that abuse can take have also expanded.

This happens as we acknowledge the damage different behaviours can have on a person and whilst traditionally domestic violence has been perceived as a physical act, it is now largely accepted to take the forms of but is not limited to; psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and coercive control.


What Is A Cohabitation Agreement And Why Are They So Important?

What Is A Cohabitation Agreement And Why Are They So Important?
When you get married, you enter into a legal partnership with your spouse and all of your assets are considered to be joined. In the event of a divorce, those assets will be divided up between you, and your spouse may have rights to some of your personal assets and savings. But how does it work if you are not married but you live together? 


The Domestic Abuse Bill: New Laws to protect Victims of Domestic Abuse

The Domestic Abuse Bill: New Laws to protect Victims of Domestic Abuse
The Domestic Abuse Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 3rd March 2020. The Bill will help raise awareness of domestic abuse and will provide additional support to victims of domestic violence as well as tacking the perpetrator’s behaviour. These new laws, once passed, will protect victims of domestic abuse.


Cohabitation Rights | What you need to know about Cohabitation

Cohabitation Rights | What you need to know about Cohabitation
Cohabitation is a term used to describe two people who are in a relationship with each other and are living together but who are not married. There is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage/relationship’. The legal rights of cohabiting couples are very different to those of married couples or civil partners. This is particularly relevant in relation to provisions for children, finances and inheritance rights. Undoubtedly, these will always come to the fore if couples separate.


Family Mediation – What is it and How does it work?

What is Family Mediation and how does it work?
At MyBump2Baby we work with Family Law Solicitors throughout the UK. Today we have a post from our family law solicitors in Sherborne – Mogers Drewett. This expert article covers everything you need to know about family mediation- including what it is and its benefits.


What is a Special Guardianship Orders UK

What is a special guardianship order?

A Special Guardianship Order is an order of the Court making one or more individuals the special guardian of your child and is considered as an alternative way to provide your child with permanence when adoption and a Child Arrangements Order is not appropriate. 


How does Divorce affect Childrens Education

“how does divorce affect childrens education?”

Until it came to deciding what school I wanted to send my daughter to, I naively thought it would be a simple process and I actually looked forward to noseying around my local schools. I thought the answer of whether it was the “right” school for my daughter


What Happens if you Die without a Will?

“What happens if you die without a will” is a commonly asked question that many new or expectant parents ask and it is a very important question too, as dying without a will can be very difficult for the relatives left behind


What is a Settlement Agreement?

At MyBump2Baby we are proud to link together growing families with family law solicitors throughout the UK. Today we have a guest post from our trusted family law solicitors in Liverpool, Paul Crowley solicitors.  They share an article on what is a settlement agreement. In the current economic climate, due to pandemic restrictions many companies […]


What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

What is a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement, or more commonly known as a prenup, is something that I have only ever heard about in the celebrity world, or on the news, but at the start of the year I got engaged myself and it got me thinking about the pros and cons of a prenup.


Adopting a Step Child

Blended families are becoming increasingly common, which creates the need in some families for step-parent adoption.  Often a step-parent takes on the day to day responsibility in respect of their partner’s child, but they have no rights, duties or responsibilities in law.  In such circumstances, the step-parent may wish to consider step-parent adoption.
There are many reasons why a step-parent wants to adopt a step-child and these can include the wish to provide security for the child, to formalise the step-parent’s role in the child’s life (particularly when they have a day to day responsibility for the child) or to enable the child to have the same surname as the step-parent.


How to Get a Divorce, Scotland – Everything You Need to Know

how-to-get-a-divorce-in-scotland-and-what-to-expect-in-your-first-meeting – These are frequently asked questions so, we thought it would be helpful to let you know what you should expect when you book a first meeting with one of our friendly family lawyers at Scullion LAW to discuss the separation and divorce process in Scots Law.


Christmas, Covid 19 & Parenting Arrangements

For separated parents with children this Christmas, there is much more to organise than travel plans and what to pack. As we enter December, new regional tier systems across the UK and quarantine for those travelling abroad mean separated parents have a lot more to think about this Christmas.


What are Grandparent’s Rights?

Grandparents rights
What are grandparent’s rights

A lot of grandparents are a key part of their grandchild’s life, they often help to bring them up and support their learning from a young age. That’s why it can be a really stressful time for grandparents to go through potentially losing the opportunity to see their grandchild grow up. 


How To Apply For Grandparents Rights

For most, memories of spending time with their grandparents will be fond and cherished ones, and vice versa. For many working couples, grandparents also provide valuable child care support for their grandchildren.


How do they determine custody of a child?

How do they determine custody of a child?
If the child/ren are to be shared then there are several permutations as to how this can work. Much will depend on the parents and the other commitments that they may have. I have had several couples who will do one week on, and one week off.


The value of Instagram Accounts and Family Law

The value of Instagram Accounts and Family Law

This week Judith Higson and Laura Cousins from Scullion LAW explore the value of Instagram Accounts and Family Law. With lots of rising Scottish Influencers in our midst it is important to discuss whether or not Instagram accounts could/ should be considered matrimonial property.