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Surrogate mother loses care of child

November 21, 2017 1 comment

family life

A surrogate mother has lost the right to care for a child she gave birth to. The woman met a gay couple online and entered into a surrogacy agreement with them back in 2015. However, during the pregnancy she and her husband changed their minds about giving up the child, despite neither one of them…

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Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 5 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation. Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious…

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Fighting to see your grandchildren?

November 19, 2017 2 comments

family life

When someone becomes a grandparent, it’s generally a very happy event and nobody expects to one day find themselves fighting to even see the adorable kids in question. But sadly for all concerned – not least the children themselves – grandparents can and do find themselves shut out. If their son or daughter splits up…

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Edward VIII’s will ‘can be opened’ says President

November 17, 2017 0 comments

wills and probate

The envelope containing the will of late monarch Edward VIII can be unsealed, Family Division President Sir James Munby has ruled. Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for less than a year before famously abdicating in December 1936. His desire to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson was considered unacceptable according…

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Care cases, an international divorce, and more

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November 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law A local authority involved in a child guardianship case can be identified, a judge has ordered. In the case none of the parties involved were originally identified, but the child’s grandmother, in favour of whom Circuit Judge Stephen Wildblood QC had made a special guardianship order, wanted to make a…

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Senior judiciary urge divorce law reform

November 17, 2017 2 comments

family law

Senior judicial figures have called for major reforms to the family law system. The legal grandees include former Family Division President Baroness Butler-Sloss, retired High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, and legal academic Baroness Deech. Sir Paul is the founder of campaign group the Marriage Foundation. He said: “We must urgently do something about the…

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Multinational families ‘must be protected after Brexit’

November 16, 2017 4 comments

family law

The currently stalled Brexit negotiations risk the future of thousands of families according to a new report. Jointly produced by the Family Law Bar Association, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and Resolution , the report addresses the implications for family law of Britain’s exit from the European Union. A network of legal agreements currently…

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