On 22 October 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force.
The Children and Families Act 2014, has amended the Children Act 1989, in order to reinforce the importance of having an ongoing relationship with both parents after family separation, where it is safe and in the children’s best interests.
It states that the Court must presume a child’s welfare will be furthered by the involvement of each of the child’s parents in his or her life (unless it can be shown such involvement would not in fact further the child’s welfare) when making decisions in respect of the following:
- Residence, Contact, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders;
- Contested variation or discharge of the above orders, and
- The award or removal of parental responsibility.
This presumption can only apply to parents who can be involved in their child’s life in a way which does not put them at risk of suffering harm.
The Children and Families Act 2014, will not apply to family proceedings, commenced before 22 October 2014.
Family Law Solicitors Eastbourne, Hailsham and Polegate
If you require further advice in relation to family and children matters please contact our Family Department for a free 30 minute appointment to discuss your circumstances and receive preliminary advice from one of our experienced Family Law Solicitors.
Eastbourne: 01323 727321
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