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Legal aid cuts ‘damaging’ children

September 2, 2014 0 comments

The legal aid cuts for family law cases is “damaging” to children, a judge has claimed. Crispin Masterman, a family judge for Cardiff and Pontypridd, said the cuts undermine the Children Act 1989, which states that the welfare of children should be the “paramount consideration” of the courts. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of…

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Victim of Nigerian baby-selling scam can keep child

September 2, 2014 0 comments

A High Court Judge has allowed a couple to keep a child which they were deceived into thinking was their own. Mrs Justice Hogg first concluded that the child, a two-year-old girl, and the woman were the victims of a fraudulent fertility sham, but then went on to support the continuation of the couple’s care…

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Adultery, divorce and the legal system

September 2, 2014 0 comments

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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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