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Procedure – referrals to child contact centres

The President of the Family Division has endorsed a revised protocol for referrals of families to child contact centres by judges and magistrates.

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Procedure – child maintenance

Updated forms (and guidance) in relation to child maintenance decisions have been published by the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee’s Office.

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Cafcass – independent reviewing officers

Cafcass has published an updated Practice Note: Cafcass and the Work of Independent Reviewing Officers
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Procedure – parents with learning disability

Formal guidance has also been issued by the President in relation to family proceedings where a parent has a learning disability. 
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Procedure – adoption; final hearings

The President of the Family Division has given guidance clarifying the legal requirements and practical arrangements for final hearings in adoption applications, and adoption visits.
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Divorce procedure – defective petitions and decrees

Divorce petitions issued in breach of s3 MCA 1973 are null and void, and any decree nisi or decree absolute purportedly granted by the court as a result is therefore null and void. 
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Declaration – presumption of death

The court was satisfied that a missing person had not been known to be alive for at least seven years, and a declaration of presumed death was granted under the Presumption of Death Act 2013.
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Child maintenance – enforcement abroad

Family practitioners will find useful a recent House of Commons briefing paper on child maintenance where a non-resident (NR) partner/person with care lives abroad.

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Procedure – REMO countries

Reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders (REMO) is vital where child maintenance orders need to be enforced in both EU and non-EU countries.

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Adoption – new regulations

 A number of new provisions in relation to adoption are in force (as of 5 January 2018) under the Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018.

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