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Migrant care leavers ‘left destitute’

September 3, 2015 0 comments

children in care

Migrant children who enter the UK unaccompanied are frequently left “destitute and in limbo” when they leave the care system, a charity has claimed. Many local authorities fail to fully assess the welfare requirements of children who enter the UK without parents or other relatives, the Children’s Society declares in a newly published report, breaching…

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Indian women want to ban verbal divorce

September 2, 2015 0 comments

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A vast majority of Muslim women living in India want to see the country’s religious divorce law changed. Currently, Muslim men are able to obtain a divorce by simply saying “talaq” – which translates as “I divorce you” – three times out loud. Such a right is not available to women, nor are they able…

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Inheritance and BBC Radio Tees

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September 2, 2015 1 comment

wills and probate

Earlier today I appeared on BBC Radio Tees to discuss the contentious issue of wills and inheritance with presenter Mike Parr. The interview was prompted by a rather shocking article in yesterday’s Telegraph. Headlined The Great Baby Boomer Inheritance Grab, journalist Joel Shute highlighted the ever growing number of people disputing the wills of deceased…

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Court of Appeal orders adoption retrial

September 2, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has set aside an adoption and ordered that the case be retried. In a recently published judgment, the Court dealt with the youngest of seven children. All six of her older siblings were also involved in care proceedings, launched before the girl, ‘T’, was born. Both of the girl’s parents had…

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Adoption waiting time falls sharply

September 2, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The time spent children in care spend waiting for adoption has fallen sharply, new figures reveal. The average time between entering the care system and being placed with a new family is now 533 days, the Adoption Leadership Board reports, down from 656 days in the year to 2013. The overall number of children in…

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Businessman does not own classic car collection

September 1, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

In the latest stage of a long running financial dispute between a wealthy businessman and his estranged wife, the High Court has declared that he is not the true owner of a classic car collection. The case, described by Judge Sir Peter Singer as “convoluted and complex”, centred around the husband’s claims that substantial assets…

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Deprivation of Liberty safeguards to cost £172 million

September 1, 2015 0 comments

family law

Increased demand for deprivation of liberty safeguard assessments could cost local authorities £172 million a year, the Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed. In a recent statement, the organisation, which represents local councils, highlighted the lasting consequences of the so-called Cheshire West ruling by the Supreme Court. This overturned an earlier ruling by Sir James…

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A look inside the Family Solutions Court

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September 1, 2015 2 comments

Family Law, Family Solutions Court, children

Family law is notoriously messy. Couples who were once head over heels in love with each other can become vicious and stubborn when they separate. Disputes can drag on, causing untold misery to everyone. This is particularly sad in cases which involve children. While the top priority in English family law is the welfare of…

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