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The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 received Royal Assent in April last year. It is planned to come into effect on Monday 27 February 2023. The Act will raise the age of marriage and civil partnership to 18 in England and Wales to protect children from the scourge of forced marriage.
When a family breaks down, it’s inevitably a difficult time and understandably, very important that any children involved are still supported both emotionally and financially. Time spent with each parent should enable the children to thrive.
Coming to the decision that your marriage/civil partnership has come to an end is not an easy time. However, when there are children involved, it can make the process even more difficult – particularly if a parent is so overwhelmed with the emotions of the process that they don’t tend to their children’s needs.
It’s the time of year when unfortunately, we see a rise in divorce cases. In amongst the angst between separating couples, the grandparents involvement in a child's life can be momentarily, if not altogether, forgotten about.
Following a recent discussion, the rights of a non-biological parent were brought into question. As it is becoming increasingly common for couples to divorce and remarry, the likelihood of a step-parent becoming involved in the upbringing of the child is extremely high.
As from the 30th June 2014 charges have been introduced for people applying to the Child Maintenance Service. All new applicants will be charged a one off application fee of £20.00.