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Family LawText, Cases, and Materials

Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (4th edn)

Joanna Miles, Rob George, and Sonia Harris-Short
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date: 13 April 2024

p. 73011. Private Disputes Over Childrenlocked

p. 73011. Private Disputes Over Childrenlocked

  • Joanna Miles, Joanna MilesReader in Family Law & Policy and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • Rob GeorgeRob GeorgeAssociate Professor of Family Law, University College London
  •  and Sonia Harris-ShortSonia Harris-ShortFormer Professor of Law, University of Birmingham


All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter, which examines the current legal framework for resolving private law disputes over children, first considers procedural issues germane to all private law disputes, including the extent to which children are able to participate in these proceedings. It then turns to the three main private law orders available under the Children Act 1989—child arrangements orders, specific issue orders, and prohibited steps orders—and recent initiatives to try and improve the way in which disputes about children’s upbringing are handled, including detailed discussion of relocation disputes.

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