Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 23 – CAFCASS

April 13, 2015, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bite size blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

CAFCASS: A CAFCASS Officer is a court welfare officer who may be appointed by a judge or the magistrates in cases involving children. The CAFCASS Officer would carry out enquiries on behalf of the court and write a report setting out recommendations as to how to deal with the matter in the best interests of the child or children. The appointment of a CAFCASS Officer is common in cases where it is being argued as to which parent a child should live and in contact cases, particularly where there may be welfare issues.

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