KINSHIP CARERS - bringing up your grandchildren full time
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:26
"My grandaughter was sent to me in a taxi by her mother"
The latest figures show there are up to 300,000 children being raised by their grandparents, other family members or friends. We are in daily contact with grandparents who are kinship carers. They tell us how lonely and exhausting it can be. However, we also hear from children about how much they love their grandparents – they know you are giving them a safe and loving home. We are here to help you tackle the problems you may have as you bring up your grandchildren. All our services our confidential.
From 22 April 2014 the Children and Families Act becomes law. There are considerable changes being made to family proceedings, forms and terminology. The Grandparents’ Association will make sure all our material will be updated with changes made under the new Act and keep grandparents informed on where to find more information and all the latest forms. Please bear with us whilst we wait for more news.
Family Court: A single Family Court has now been created. This means that all family proceedings apart from a limited number of matters which will be exclusively reserved to the High Court will be handled by this Court. Family proceedings courts will cease to exist and Magistrates' Courts and the County Court will not be able to deal with family proceedings. However, as the Family Court can sit anywhere in England and Wales, it will be possible for it to sit in county or magistrates' court buildings. Justices’ clerks and their assistants will be authorised to assist all judges across the Family Court (including on undefended divorce cases), allowing judges to focus their time on more difficult cases.
Child arrangements orders replace 'residence orders' and 'contact orders': A ‘child arrangements order’ decides:
- where your child lives when your child spends time with each parent
- when and what other types of contact, like phone calls, take place
- ‘Parents with these orders don’t need to re-apply. Those who can apply for a child arrangements order are the child’s mother, father or anyone with parental responsibility can apply for a court order.
Grandparents and other family members can apply for these court orders, but they’ll still need to get permission from the courts first. The law has not changed this.
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