Marie Crawford’s article “Big Changes in Children’s Cases where Domestic Abuse is an Issue: New Practice Direction 12 J” has been published in Family Law Week.
Mr. Justice Cobb’s review of PD12 J has been completed and significant changes have been proposed. If the recommendations are adopted (which is likely), domestic violence will be required to be taken much more seriously by the courts in the context of child arrangements. In the proposed revision of the Practice Direction, the ‘presumption of contact’ with a non resident parent is displaced.
The full article can be accessed here http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed176938