Law and policy are falling behind evolution of families - The Times

Sarah Richardson, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. James Sandiford, Senior associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team.
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Sarah Richardson, James Sandiford

"The concept of the 'nuclear family' with segregated and stereotypical male and female roles is outdated and officially in decline" according to the Independent Family Review by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Writing in The Times, partner Sarah Richardson and senior associate James Sandiford assert that law and policy is at risk of falling behind the times with respect to families.

According to the report, there is a lack of government data around the evolving way families are defined — an oversight that is letting families and children down.

The full article is available online.

Sarah is a partner in the children and education law team. She specialises in complex cases involving vulnerable adults and children during care proceedings and family disputes such as child arrangement orders and contact.

James is a senior associate in the children and education law team. As a member of the Law Society’s Children Law Panel, James is able to represent children in court proceedings and he is a Resolution accredited specialist in private law children disputes and adoption.

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