Alternative Family Law

Alternative Family Law is a London law firm specialising in family law, established by solicitor and mediator Andrea Woelke in 2005. Its web site includes information about all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on alternative approaches to family law and issues relating to same-sex relationships.

Association of Lawyers for Children

The 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 onwards (excluding the current issue), and a collection of links.

Cafcass

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 “Leaflets & resources” section contains a variety of policy and guidance documents, and an “Organisational material” section including reports and statistics. “News” includes an archive of press releases 2009 onwards.

David Hodson

David Hodson is a solicitor based primarily in England who specialises in international family law. His site’s “Information” section includes articles on ADR, international family law, financial matters and other topics. The “News/Blog” section has an archive of articles 2009 onwards.

Family Justice Council

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.

Family Law

The web site of Family Law, an imprint of Jordan Publishing, provides access to news, comment and analysis about family law, digests of judgments May 2005 onwards, with full text of recent judgments available, digests of legislation September 2013 onwards, many with links to full text, digests of journal articles August 2005 onwards, and other information relating to the subject.

Family Law Week

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 also a legislation updater with links to text of Statutory Instruments and Bills; an archive of articles 2005 onwards; an archived newsletter March 2005 onwards; and a news service.

Family Procedure Rules

The Family Procedure Rules (FPR) are the single set of rules now governing procedure throughout the family jurisdiction – in the High Court, county courts and family proceedings courts. 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.

Getting Your Get

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.

Hague Conference on Private International Law

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.

Independent Case Examiner

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 Child Abduction Database

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, judge or legal basis. Full text of cases is provided where available.

International Family Law Group

International Family Law Group is a London law firm specialising in family law. The site’s “Guidance” section includes a number of articles about family law, and “iGuides” on various aspects of family law and practice.

International Family Law: a Selective Resource Guide

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.

LexisNexis: Family Law

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.

Official Solicitor and Public Trustee

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.

Shared Parenting Information Group

The Shared Parenting Information Group (SPIG) is an organisation formed to encourage and promote the continuation of parenting after family breakdown. Its web site includes information about parenting plans and separation agreements, guidelines for separating parents, lists of case law and articles, and other information.

The Transparency Project

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.

Victoria Climbie Inquiry

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.