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Kim Elledge becomes Consultant

Milner Elledge are pleased to announce that from 1st July 2016 former Partner Kim Elledge will join the firm as Consultant. Kim had been with the firm since 1995 and her wealth of experience has added to the a growing team that has already seen 2 new members join thisRead More

Legal Aid changes targeting children

Children’s rights continue to be given more priority especially by the UNCRC. Various policies that are supposed to work in the best interest of children have been developed. However, according to a report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights, some of these policies are working against the best interestRead More

Children’s social care referrals have risen by 10%

Information on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services as children in need between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014, has been published by the Department for Education. According to the information released, there was a 10.8% increase in the number of referrals to children’s social careRead More

Children’s and adolescents’ mental health service facing serious problems

A report by the Health Select Committee published on 5th November 2014, has warned there are ‘serious and deeply ingrained problems’ running throughout the entire system. According to the report, the safety of young people is at risk with access to inpatient mental health services severely inadequate. This means the safetyRead More

Child Support Agency live caseload decreasing gradually

According to the Agency’s latest quarterly summary, the live caseload decreased 1% in the quarter ending June 2014. There was a slightly larger reduction in those due to pay using the Collection Service than those to pay via the Maintenance Direct service. The rate of decrease for the live caseloadRead More

Enforcement fees for child maintenance attract controversy

The recent changes to the Collect and Pay system operated by the Child Maintenance Service, which were introduced on the 11th of August, are attracting controversy. Resolution as well as the Gingerbread single parents support group criticise the scheme for affecting vulnerable families most. The new charges apply in everyRead More

Ministry of Justice announce wider funding for free mediation sessions

Controversy over the new child maintenance enforcement fees, new statistics on same-sex marriages, and more. Here is the news in brief. Ministry of Justice announces more Government funding for free mediation Mediation sessions will be free to both parties if one party is already legally aided, according to a newRead More

Average duration of care proceedings in Jan-March 2014 was 33 weeks

 The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has been making great strides in reducing the duration of its legal proceedings revolving around child care since it implemented the Children and Families Act 2014 back in late April of this year. Currently, its 2013 and 2014 accounts demonstrate thatRead More