18 St John Street’s Arron Thomas writes on the process of fact-finding hearings and their wide-ranging impact on family law cases.
This article analyses the recent decision of Lincolnshire CC v CB and ors  EWHC 2813 (Fam) which deals with the question of whether to list a separate fact-finding hearing. Such hearings can be lengthy, costly and import significant delay into proceedings, leading to children waiting for months before final decisions are made about their welfare. However, fact-finding hearings deliver a factual foundation upon which assessments are undertaken and from which final decisions are made about children’s futures and therefore can be necessary.
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