Information Zone - General Children Law
At a meeting this evening in the Houses of Parliament organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on family law reform, there was a discussion of shared parenthood and the significant involvement of both parents in the lives of children after parental separation. David Hodson was one of the four speakers. He covered the development of a shared residence orders. His speech is attached
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UK Internal child relocation
David Hodson writes a weekly opinion piece on international aspects for Jordans electronic newsletter circulated to thousands of family lawyers in England and abroad. This week he looks at an internal UK relocation case, albeit between England and the far north of Scotland, and contrasts the different law on internal relocation and external relocation with the irony that it is often closer and quicker to travel to mainland Europe than the further extremities of the United Kingdom. The opinion piece is attached
Download the file internalrelocation.pdf ()
This is the iGuide on parental responsibility.
Download the file PR1.pdf ()
Parenting concerns for children at a time of separation
At a time of parental separation, it is too easy for the parents to focus on their own concerns and not on the concerns of the children. This note helps parents to look at the needs and concerns of children at a time of parental separation.
Download the file parenting_concerns.pdf ()
Effects of separation on children at different ages
Children react differently to parental separation at different times in their lives. This note looks at how children of different ages may react.
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Arrangements for children – the court orders and processes
This note describes the sort of applications that can be made to the court and the issues that are taken into account.
Download the file children_court_orders.pdf ()
Appointing a guardian of children
Chapter from a Law Society Handbook on the circumstances in which one can appoint a guardian for one’s children after one’s death, co-written with Gillian Cockburn.
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Taking children on holiday abroad
Hundreds of thousands of children are taken on holiday abroad each year. A number are on holiday with just one parent. Yet the law requires that both parents give permission for a child to be taken abroad, save in certain circumstances. Permission is invariably given but what happens when it is not given or the holiday takes place without permission being requested? This brief guide covers these areas.
Download the file Holiday.pdf ()