Lawyers in Lockdown

Jenny Teall, Solicitor in our Wills and Probate team gives us an insight into how she has been balancing work and family life during the lockdown. “All school and nurseries will be closed from Monday 16th March.” My immediate thoughts were, “Right, let’s pack up my work. My husband Howard and I will need to […]

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Case Study: Case of MKC-V-A

Denise Higgins, Partner in our Family team, recently represented the mother of five children, all of whom were subject to care proceedings. However the main issue centered around medical issues pertaining only to one child Z. The children were made subject to proceedings following concerns raised by the Health Trust that the parents may be […]

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Woodfines Covid-19 Podcasts #2

In our second episode of the Covid-19 updates we look at how the pandemic is affecting child arrangements and the problems faced by buyers and sellers in the housing market with Denise Higgins and Nic Dino.

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Child Arrangements during the Coronavirus Lockdown

Yesterday, 23rd March 2020, the Government announced new measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, ordering the UK to stay at home, except in the following circumstances: 1. Shopping for necessities such as food and medicine; 2. Exercise once a day; 3. Medical need or providing care; and 4. Travelling to or from work if […]

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Parental Alienation and the CAFCASS Child Impact Assessment Framework

What is parental alienation? You may have heard of the term ‘parental alienation’, but what does it really mean? Whilst there is no agreed definition, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) recognise it to mean: “when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result […]

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Same-sex female couples, artificial insemination and parental responsibility | Woodfines Solicitors

Establishing parental responsibility following artificial insemination for female couples

It is becoming increasingly common for same-sex female couples to use intrauterine insemination (IUI), otherwise known as donor insemination, to facilitate becoming parents. Many couples will use licensed clinics to receive this treatment. According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the average cost of such treatment ranges from £350-£1,000 for just one cycle […]

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