Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Caught in the Middle: Children Involved In Both Family and Immigration Proceedings

Immigration law and policy and family law in the United Kingdom may at first glance be considered quite separate entities. Yet, increasingly, the two jurisdictions are becoming intertwined. Due to myriad factors (process delay, illegality etc) mounting numbers of asylum seekers and refugees, whilst awaiting confirmation of their status, enter into relationships with others, often of British nationality. If these relationships produce children, a tension can arise between:

* The needs of the child to remain with its parents; and
* The needs of a state to control its immigration policy and processes.

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For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at

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