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How oral fluid testing and hair testing work together in family law cases

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 6, 2019

Some years ago, Cansford worked on a social services case where a woman was required to demonstrate that she was free from amphetamines before the courts would release her child back into her care.

For around a year, regular saliva tests on pre-arranged dates consistently came back negative, with social services reaching the point where they were ready to sign her off. A subsequent hair test, however, showed continued usage of amphetamines for months.

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10 dates all family lawyers should have in their 2019 diary

Posted by John Wicks on Nov 29, 2018

The family law calendar is looking pretty busy for 2019. Bill reforms, report publications, conferences, elections and (of course) Brexit are all likely to have an impact on the work family lawyers do next year.

Some of these things will have more impact than others, but it’s good to be prepared. And prepare you we have, with our guide to 10 dates that all family lawyers should have in their diary for 2019.

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[Cansford says] Courts for addicted parents work. So why are they being stripped of support?

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 20, 2018

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) serves a vital purpose: to tackle parental substance dependency, and to keep children from entering the care system, where possible. Launched in January 2008, it offers an alternative, problem-solving approach to care proceedings for families where children are at risk due to parental drug and/or alcohol misuse.

In England, 10 specialist FDAC teams work across 15 courts in 23 local authority areas, and are currently under the umbrella of the FDAC National Unit.

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What does a new President of the Family Division mean for family law?

Posted by John Wicks on May 31, 2018

April 2018 saw the announcement that current Appeal Court Judge and family law specialist Sir Andrew McFarlane would succeed Sir James Munby as President of the Family Division of the High Court.

Munby’s incumbency at the Family Division has framed a period of considerable change for the Court. This has included the introduction of the Children and Families Act in 2014 and the double-whammy of budget trimming and increasing caseload. This perfect storm is a combination of what Sir James described as ‘the Baby P effect’ and the fallout from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which significantly curtailed access to Legal Aid.

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10 ways family lawyers are driving more value from their hair tests

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on May 10, 2018

Hair strand testing is a reliable and quick way to test for drug and alcohol use over long periods. Hair tests have helped lawyers gain the advantage in difficult cases, whether to prove innocence or protect a vulnerable victim.

But the success of hair strand testing, like all scientific endeavours, depends on process. It’s not as simple as taking the sample for testing and sending it off for analysis. Legal experts can derive more value through following easy, but critical steps.

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