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The Dictionary of Private Children Law is a unique reference guide to the key concepts, cases, and practice of private children law. Its A4 format and targeted concise content makes it a unique model of accessibility and portability.

Presented in an easy to use A-Z format, with cross references where required, each entry acts like a practice note on the topic setting out the essential law, key cases, and practice points. The book distils the combined experience of the editors with the aim of providing a concise practical handbook focusing on the most important issues and practice points likely to be encountered by anybody involved in a private children law case. The intention is to achieve this aim for judges and practitioners working in the field, but also to provide a book sufficiently accessible for litigants acting without lawyers.

What's new for 2023?

  • Property Belonging to Children
  • ‘Appeals and Setting Aside Orders' entry has been split into 2 and expanded

Who will find the book useful?

  • Every family law solicitor, barrister or legal executive advising clients on disputes about children after divorce or separation
  • Family Court Judges
  • Mediators, Arbitrators, and other professionals involved in out of court dispute resolution
  • McKenzie Friends and litigants in person

Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-80161-060-5 | Published February 2023

Digital | ISBN: 978-1-80161-059-9 | Published February 2023

Page count: 115

“I am delighted to have been asked to write a short Foreword to the first edition of this excellent new work … its style and format make it an invaluable tool for anyone needing a pithy summary of the relevant law. The number of entries illustrates the astonishingly wide range of issues that arise in private children law. On behalf of the readers of this work, I have road tested the dictionary by reference to a random list of topics and have found it to be succinct, clear and informative ... I congratulate Judge Hess and his colleagues on this invaluable addition to the family law library.”

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Baker

View the Table of Contents for last year's edition:

Dictionary of Private Children Law 2022

Foreword to the second edition

Introduction to the 2022 edition

Abduction Outside the UK

Abduction Within the UK

Activity Directions and Conditions

Allocation, Gatekeeping and Transfer of Proceedings

Appeals and Setting Aside Orders

Applicants and Applications



Cafcass Monitoring

Capability of Parents

Change of Living Arrangements

Child Arrangements Orders (General)

Child Arrangements Orders (‘Live With’ Provision)

Child Arrangements Orders (‘Spend Time With’/‘Have Contact With’ Provision)

Child Arrangements Programme (CAP)

Child Giving Evidence

Child’s Age, Sex, Background and Other Relevant Characteristics

Child’s Needs

Children’s Guardian and the Child as a Party

Civil Restraint Orders

Coercive and Controlling Behaviour

Compensation Orders

Consent Orders

Contact: General Principles


Death of Children



Dispute Resolution Appointment (DRA)

DNA Testing and Parentage

Domestic Abuse


Effect of Change (Status Quo)

Enforcement and Enforcement Orders

Expert Evidence

Fact-Finding Hearings

Family Assistance Orders

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment (FHDRA)

Forced Marriage


Habitual Residence

Hague Convention 1996

Harm and Risk of Harm

Independent Social Workers

Interim Orders and Interim Hearings

Intractable Contact Disputes

Judges Meeting Children

Judicial Bias and Recusal


Legal Aid


McKenzie Friends

Media Attendance and Reporting

Mediation and ADR

Medical Examination and Treatment

Mental Capacity


Names of Children

No Order Principle

Non-Parental Contact


Overriding Objective

Parental Alienation

Parental Involvement Presumption

Parental Responsibility: Acquisition and Loss

Parental Responsibility: Definition and Scope

Parental Status and Legitimacy


Port Alerts and Tipstaff Orders (Passport, Location and Collection Orders)

Prohibited Steps Orders

Publicity and Confidentiality

Recognition and Enforcement of Orders


Relocation Outside the UK: Holidays

Relocation Outside the UK: Permanent Moves

Relocation Within the UK


Risk Assessment


Section 37 Direction

Section 91(14) Orders

Security for Costs

Special Guardianship Orders

Specific Issue Orders

Step-Parent Adoption

Supervised and Supported Contact


Terrorism and Radicalisation


Wardship and the Inherent Jurisdiction

Warning Notices and Penal Notices

Welfare Checklist

Welfare Reports

Welfare: Paramountcy Principle

Wishes and Feelings of the Child

Withdrawal of Applications

Without Notice Applications


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