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Family Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Family Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (5th edn)

Susan Heenan and Anna Heenan
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date: 28 September 2023

p. 1036. Children—private lawlocked

p. 1036. Children—private lawlocked

  • Susan HeenanSusan HeenanVisiting Fellow, University of the West of England Law Tutor, Cardiff University Visiting Lecturer, Exeter University
  •  and Anna HeenanAnna HeenanConsultant, Family Law Practice Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter focuses on private law matters concerning children under the Children Act 1989, particularly sections 1 and 8. It begins by looking at who is a parent and explaining the concept of parental responsibility and who has it. The chapter then considers the factors considered by the courts to resolve disputes over aspects of a child’s upbringing, including the welfare principle, the welfare checklist, the ‘no delay’ principle, the ‘no order’ principle, and the presumption of continued parental involvement.

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