Domestic Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases
In cases where it has been alleged or admitted, or there is other reason to believe, that the child or a party has experienced domestic abuse perpetrated by another party or that there is a risk of such abuse then the court must:
- identify the factual and welfare issues involved at the earliest opportunity;
- consider the nature of the domestic abuse and the extent to which it may be relevant in the current court case;
- give directions so that the contested relevant factual and welfare issues can be tried fairly, and as soon as possible (also known as a 'fact finding' hearing or a 'finding of fact' hearing);
- ensure that child arrangements are in place to protect the welfare of the child and the parent with whom the child is living;
Scott Schedule: What is a Scott Schedule?
A Scott Schedule is a table of allegations, usually around Domestic Abuse or Welfare/Harm. The court will make an order for the alleging party to complete the first few columns of the table with information about their allegations and then for the ...
Domestic Abuse Helplines
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Domestic Abuse: Definition
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Domestic Abuse Support: Ask for Ani
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C1A Court Form: Making or responding to allegations of harm and domestic violence
The C1A form is to provide supplemental information when making or responding to allegations of harm and domestic violence. You use it to tell the court about harm that you, a child or children have suffered or are at risk of suffering, or use the ...
About Dads Unlimited
Dads Unlimited is a charity that supports separated families. We work with Mums, Dads, Grandparents, and Guardians to create positive co-parenting environments to improve the lives of the children of separated families. You can find out more on our website www.dadsunltd.org.uk