During court proceedings involving children, a judge may appoint a CAFCASS officer to prepare a report to advise on and assist the court in determining a variety of issues – such as which parent the children should live with, or how much time they should spend with the other parent.
What Does CAFCASS Do?The purpose of CAFCASS is to ensure that there is an impartial view in respect of the children’s best interests that is available to the judge. CAFCASS is completely unrelated to local authority social services departments. CAFCASS can only become involved in a case as a result of a judge’s request. On referral, CAFCASS will carry out standard safeguarding checks to ascertain whether there have been any welfare issues reported to the police or the local authority in respect of your children. In most cases the CAFCASS officer will work with a separate solicitor (i.e. one who is not acting for either you or your partner). Further information on what CAFCASS does following referral by a judge is available on the CAFCASS website.
Call Our Family Law Team for AdviceOur friendly family lawyers are experts in matters concerning child-related disputes that involve CAFCASS. Please contact our Sale or Manchester city centre locations on 0161 969 3131 or email a member of the team.
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