Family law

Welcome to ManDad’s Family Law section

We’re busy building a library of information and resources to help Dads navigate the family legal system, including court applications and how to represent yourself as a litigant in person.

Legal Aid funding has been stripped away over the years, and so more people are going it alone, with no solicitor and no advocacy.

Each month in ManDad Magazine, we’ll bring you news regarding family law issues and provide you with relevant and useful information.

If you are a family solicitor and interested in contributing, please get in touch. Similarly, if you are part of a charity, law clinic, or community group concerning family law, we’d love to hear from you.

Areas we’ll be covering:

Access to information
Adoption (non-agency)
Alternatives to ending a marriage or Civil Partnership
Care orders
Changing a child’s surname
Child abuse 
Child employment
Child In Need 
Child Protection Conference & Plan 
Children’s services – referral, assessment and outcome
Consent Orders
Contact with a child in care
Coronavirus: Separated families and contact
Direct Payments
Domestic abuse
Education for Looked After Children
Ending a Civil Partnership
Family and friends care
Family mediation
Home alone 
Homelessness (16/17 year olds)
Legal aid for family law matters
Legal aid if you have been a victim of domestic abuse
Legal aid if your child is at risk of abuse
Legal position relating to an unborn child
Local Authorities’ duties in relation to Looked After Children
Locating a child
Marriage and Civil Partnership
Parental Responsibility
Police powers of protection & Emergency protection orders
Private fostering
Public law care proceedings
Register and re-register a child’s birth 
Section 20 Accommodation
Services for children leaving care
Signposting list
Special Guardianship
Supervision orders
Testamentary Guardianship
The law on smacking children
Travel and Relocation
Young carers