Parenting Guidelines

April 12 2014

The Judicary of England and Wales have published some excellent informal guidelines on What the family courts expect from parents. This informal guidance was drawn up by Midland region family judges and magistrates In April 2009. There is a one-page summary of advice and expectations for parents seeking a court order regarding their children. That can be downloaded from

The guidelines fit neatly with the work that I do - the rationale being that ‘if this is the Court expectation, why not work it out by agreement or via mediation-type services here and now?’

Kenneth Lane
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