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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 2022?

This 2022 edition is fully updated to include changes and developments in the law from the last twelve months.

  • New entries include: Port Alerts and Tipstaff Orders (Passport, Location and Collection Orders), Step-parent adoption, and Security for Costs.

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: 9781859599945 | To be published February 2022

“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

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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His Honour Judge Edward Hess

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Zoe Saunders

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Piers Pressdee QC

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Professor Rob George