How sweet is sixteen? Legal age limits in England and Wales

You’re legally a child until the age of 18, but the minimum legal age is 16 for some things.

Has the government banned the term 'pregnant woman'?

The term 'pregnant woman' is not being banned by the government. It’s not even being discouraged.

The Tower Hamlets fostering case: should we trust the news or trust a judge?

Media reports suggested a white Christian girl was taken from her family and made to live with a family who didn't speak English. How do we find out if this ...

The courts and children’s medical treatment

A High Court judge will decide whether Charlie Gard, a baby being kept alive on artificial ventilation, will continue to be kept alive or have his life support switched off. ...

The legal system, explained: the Family Court

The venue for legal disputes over marriage and children in England and Wales.

A tale of two courts

Why would a judge's finding that someone killed their child be kept secret from the jury trying his case?

Did a judge say public money is being 'squandered' on lawyers?

Several outlets report that the most senior family court judge in England and Wales says that public money is being "squandered" on lawyers. Did he?

Are we unusual in permitting non-consensual adoption?

Senior judges say that England and Wales is unusual in permitting non-consensual, or "forced", adoption. Academic research tells a subtly different story.

The "too old to adopt their granddaughter" myth

A widely reported story about a judge refusing to allow a child to live with her grandparents, because they were too old, is proved wrong by the judgment.

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