Alternative Family Law was a London law firm specialising in family law, established by solicitor and mediator Andrea Woelke in 2005. Its web site is still available, and includes information about all aspects of English family law, with particular emphasis on alternative approaches to family law and issues relating to same-sex relationships.
The Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) is an organisation promoting justice for children and young people within the legal system of England and Wales. Its web site includes responses to proposed legislation, press releases, newsletters 2004-2016, and a collection of links.
Cafcass (the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) is a government agency set up to look after the interests of children involved in family court proceedings. The site is largely aimed at the general public, but the “Grown-ups” section of the site includes a “Professionals” section with information for people working with children, or carrying out research, in the family justice system, and the “About Cafcass” section contains a variety of policy and guidance documents, research reports and statistics.
David Hodson is a solicitor based primarily in England who specialises in international family law. The “News/Blog” section of his site has an archive of articles 2000 onwards.
The Family Justice Council (FJC) is an an independent public body created in 2004 to promote better outcomes for families and children who use the family justice system. It is currently sponsored by the Judicial Office. This section of the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary web site includes information about the FJC’s work and about the family justice system in general; a selection of guidance and research publications; all annual reports to date; and consultations and responses.
The web site of Family Law, an imprint originally of Jordan Publishing and now of LexisNexis, provides access to news, comment and analysis about family law; digests of judgments November 2004 onwards, with full text of recent judgments available; digests of legislation September 2013 onwards, many with links to full text; digests of journal articles May 2005 onwards; and other information relating to the subject.
Family Law Week is a site providing current awareness and training for family practitioners. Selected cases 2005 onwards are available in digest or judgment form, as are judgments in earlier cases referred to on the site. There is a section covering practice directions 2005 onwards and guidance, and also an archive of articles 2012 onwards; a newsletter 2012 onwards; and a news service with an archive 2013 onwards.
The Family Procedure Rules (FPR) are the single set of rules governing practice and procedure throughout the family jurisdiction – in the High Court and the Family Court. The current version is provided here in the Guidance section of the Justice web portal. Besides the full text of the Rules and related Practice Directions there are links to other information, including to the FPR forms for which Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service is responsible.
The Hebrew word get signifies a divorce document according to Jewish law, and this site provides information about obtaining a get in England, Wales and Scotland. It is written by Sharon Faith and Deanna Levine, who are both solicitors experienced in matrimonial disputes. Besides the main article “Getting your Get” (currently 6th edition 2008), the site reproduces articles on the subject from the Family Law Journal, Scots Law Times and Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.
The Hague Conference was first convened in 1893 and became a permanent inter-governmental organisation in 1955. Its site has the full text of the conventions for which the Conference is responsible, together with status information and lists of member states and other connected states. Conventions include the Hague Convention on Service Abroad and many others which are concerned with commercial law, international civil procedure, and protection of the family and children.
The International Child Abduction Database (INCADAT) was established by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law with the object of making accessible many of the leading decisions taken by national courts in respect of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Cases are searchable by state, keyword, or legal basis. Full text of cases is provided where available.
The Independent Case Examiner was established in 1997 and investigates complaints about certain government organisations that deal with benefits and financial support, including the Child Support Agency, the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency, Jobcentre Plus, the Disability and Carers Service, the Financial Assistance Scheme, Debt Management, and Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division (Northern Ireland). This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the Independent Case Examiner’s responsibilities, activities and publications. Archived annual reports are available back to 2000/2001.
International Family Law Group is a London law firm specialising in family law. The site’s Information section includes “iGuides” and articles on various aspects of family law and practice.
This guide to international family law resources on the internet is by Marylin J. Raisch of the Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto. The main section headings include Marriage & Divorce, Maintenance & Support, Child Custody & Adoption, Inter-Country Adoption, Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Supervision of Adults. There are comments on – and, where appropriate, links to – web sites, major documents, treaties and periodicals. The guide was first published in August 2000 and updated June 2002.
A blog featuring articles by Geraldine Morris, solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family, and other contributors, covering issues relating to family law and legal practice.
This section of the GOV.UK web site provides information on the role and work of the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts and the Public Trustee, who in various ways help people who may be vulnerable because of their lack of mental capacity or young age. Publications include guidance documents and annual reports, and there are links to further information on matters such as international child abduction and international maintenance claims.
This section of the GOV.UK web site includes information about education, and also adoption, family support, foster care, and other subjects related to children.
The Transparency Project is a charity set up by a group of legal practitioners, academics, publishers and bloggers, aiming to provide good quality, accessible information about the Family Court system, and to promote transparency within it. Its web site includes a blog with posts from August 2014 onwards, a dictionary of legal terms used in connection with the family courts, and a Resources section with links to guidance and information both on the Transparency Project web site and elsewhere.
This was an independent inquiry set up to investigate the circumstances leading to the death of Victoria Climbié, aged 8, while in the care of her aunt and her aunt’s lover. The final report by Lord Laming, published January 2003, is available here on the GOV.UK site.