Butterworths Family Law Service

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The leading work on family law, providing authoritative guidance on the law affecting families and family breakdown. It includes extensive coverage of child law, the divorce process and consequences of divorce, as well as the law relating to unmarried couples and their children, domestic violence, custody and financial provision. The Family Law Service also covers mediation, collaborative practice, arbitration, Islamic and Jewish ADR.

Issue 221, November 2018

Binder 1 Relationships and their Breakdown
1A Narrative
Chapter 10 Immigration law
1B Statutes
The following has been amended:
- Mental Capacity Act 2005
Binder 2 Family Courts: Jurisdiction and Procedure
2A Narrative
Chapter 1 Jurisdiction
2E Precedents
Chapter 1 General forms
Chapter 2 Clauses in petitions to establish jurisdiction
Binder 3(I) Children-Narrative
3A Narrative
Updates include paras [3701]-[3701.1] Working Together to Safeguard Children (Department for Education, 2018), Working Together to Safeguard People, Volume 5 - Handling Individual Cases to Protect Children at Risk (Welsh Government, 2018). See Chapter 33 Special Guardianship: Code of Practice on the exercise of social services functions in relation to special guardianship orders (Welsh Government, July 2018) and the Special Guardianship Code (Appointed Day) (Wales) Order 2018, SI 2018/775 (W.157). See also paras [4474] and [4504] Re P- S (children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1407.
Chapter 2 Parentage
Chapter 3 Parental responsibility
Chapter 4 The exercise and discharge of parental responsibility
Chapter 6 Private law proceedings: Children Act 1989, Part II
Chapter 7 Local authority support for children and families
Chapter 8 Local authority duties to looked after children
Chapter 9 Leaving local authority care
Chapter 11 Local authority support for children: inter agency co-operation
Chapter 12 Secure accommodation
Chapter 15 Child protection
Binder 3(II) Children-Narrative
3A Narrative
Chapter 20 Adoption: background and general principles
Chapter 21 The Adoption Service
Chapter 22 Adoption agencies: planning for children, and approving adopters
Chapter 23 Adoption agencies: matching children with adopters, and reviews
Chapter 24 Placement for adoption
Chapter 25 Adoption
Chapter 28 Adoption registers and disclosure of information
Chapter 29 Independent reviews of determinations
Chapter 30 Restrictions in relation to adoption
Chapter 32 Adoption and the courts
Chapter 33 Special guardianship
Chapter 51 Wardship and the inherent jurisdiction
Binder 3(III) Children-Materials
3B Statutes
The following has been amended:
- Children Act 2004
- Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
Binder 4(I) Property Money and Tax-Narrative
4A Narrative
Chapter 5 Financial remedy proceedings: pensions
Chapter 14 Tax credits and Universal Credit
Binder 5 Human Rights and International
5A Narrative
Chapter 2 Recognition of overseas marriages and divorces and civil partnerships
Chapter 3 Reciprocal enforcement in family finance
Chapter 4 International child abduction
Chapter 5 Adoptions with an international element
Binder 7 Tables and Index
New binder index for binders 1, 2, 3(I), 4(I) and 5.


 Aidan Vine , BA (Oxon), MA (Cornell), Barrister, Harcourt Chambers, London and Oxford Editor
Aina Khan , LLB, Head of Islamic & Asian Division, Duncan Lewis Editor
 Andrew Newbury , LLB, Solicitor, Partner, Pannone LLP, Manchester Editor
 Charles Prest , MA (Cantab), DipLG, Barrister, 6 Park Square, Leeds Editor
 David Josiah-Lake , LLB, Solicitor, Josiah-Lake Gardiner LLP, London Editor
 David Ryden , LLB, Solicitor, Director of Ryden Legal Publications Ltd, and Legal Advisor to the Independent Review Mechanism Editor
 David Salter , MA, LLM, Solicitor, Partner and Joint National Head of Family Law, Mills & Reeve LLP Editor
David Williams QC , Barrister, 4 Paper Buildings Editor
 Grant Howell , LLB, MBA in Legal Practice, Solicitor, Partner, Charles Russell LLP, London General editor
 Helen Howard , LLB, Consultant, Gordons Partnership LLP (incorporating Richard Howard & Co) Editor
 John Baker , Barrister, Clerk to the Justices - Surrey Magistrates' Courts Editor
 Jonathan Montgomery , BA, LLM, Professor of Law, University of Southampton General editor
 Louise Potter , MA (Oxon), Barrister Editor
Martin L Parry , LLB, Solicitor, Emeritus Reader in Law, University of Hull Editor
Mr Justice Moor The Honourable Consulting editor
PM Bromley , MA, Barrister, Emeritus Professor of English Law, Manchester University Founding editor
Sarah Anticoni , LLB, Solicitor, Mediator, Partner, Charles Russell LLP, London Editor
 Sarah Deeks , LLB FCA, tax writer Editor
Teertha Gupta QC , LLB (Leeds), Barrister, Inner Temple Editor