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Call By Local Government Association Aims to Stop CSE in Its Tracks

The LGA aims to put an abrupt end to CSE with the introduction of “disruption orders” that would function on the same principles as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Domestic Violence Protection Orders. Local authorities are tired of their hands being tied when it comes to intervening in child sexual exploitationRead More

7 Grandparents A Day Seeking Court Orders For Contact With Grandchildren

The Justice Minister, Simon Hughes, has confirmed in a written parliamentary answer that there were 2,217 applications to courts in 2013 – 2014 by grandparents seeking an order to see a grandchild after the separation or divorce of the parents. This works out to seven applications every day, and comparesRead 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

Parents refusing to pay child support risk damaging credit rating

The Government has announced a new measure that could affect the credit rating of non-maintenance paying parents from early next year. A new rule introduced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), aimed at penalizing separated parents who build up arrears in child maintenance payments, is due to beRead 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

Milner Elledge News – Family Solicitors & Mediation Service Dagenham

15th August 2013: Milner Elledge are delighted to have been awarded the first Mediation Quality Mark in Havering to provide Legal Aid for Mediating parties. We can help grandparents parents and even children for free where eligible. We also continue to provide very competitive fixed rates for those on higherRead More