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Adultery, divorce and the legal system

September 2, 2014 0 comments

Wedding ring

Over a long career as a divorce lawyer, I have seen more cases involving adultery than I can count. It’s sad to say, but sometimes people stray from their spouse and the damage done to their relationship is irreparable. There are common misconceptions about adultery in relation to the law. It is not merely a…

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Is arbitration finally gaining momentum?

September 2, 2014 0 comments

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Yesterday, Parliament returned from its summer recess. With the government back in session, what is the likelihood that they will act to make arbitration in family law matters a more visible option for divorcing couples? The removal of legal aid in the vast majority of divorce cases has left the potential divorcee with a trilemma…

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Family courts failing to meet care targets

September 2, 2014 0 comments

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A majority of family law courts in England are failing to meet the 26 week target for care cases to completed, new figures have revealed. According to statistics recently released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), 29 of the 42 court areas have been unable to complete care cases in…

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Child of ex-convict put up for adoption

September 2, 2014 1 comment

Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Manchester County Court

A judge has approved an adoption for the five month old son of a man convicted for child cruelty. In JJD (Care & Placement Orders), the boy’s father, identified as ‘DD’ in the judgment, had served a prison sentence after causing “significant and traumatic injuries” to a child from a previous relationship. The parents had…

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Short men divorce less

September 1, 2014 2 comments

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Shorter men get married later in life but have more successful relationships than their taller counterparts, a recent study suggests. Sociologists from New York University (NYU) claim that shorter men were 32 per cent less likely to get a divorce than taller men. They speculated that marrying later could be the reason for the significantly…

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‘Use a solicitor’ Law Society urges

September 1, 2014 2 comments

family law

The Law Society has launched a campaign encouraging members of the public to use qualified solicitors for family and other legal disputes. Use a Professional Use a Solicitor is designed to highlight the expertise of solicitors, as well as their regulated and insured status, in contrast to McKenzie friends and similar unqualified legal advisors. The…

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Family law and open justice by David Burrows

August 31, 2014 0 comments

family law

Family lawyers and judges are in a muddle over how much privacy there should be in family proceedings. In the recent case of Mrs Cooper-Hohn and Mr Hohn, the judge gave a 177 paragraph judgement at an interim stage of the proceedings to explain why she would not permit the press – who were allowed…

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