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Family charity criticises government’s fostering for adoption plans

April 20, 2014 1 comment

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Charity the Family Rights Group has criticised government plans to introduce a ‘fostering for adoption’ scheme. In a recently published consultation entitled Adoption: Getting It Right, Making It Work, the Department for Education outlined regulations and guidance designed to accelerate the adoptions process. These include ‘fostering for adoption’. The now closed consultation stated: “…new Regulations…

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Step-father seeking adoption not required to notify biological father

April 19, 2014 0 comments

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A step-father seeking to adopt his wife’s child has been given permission to continue without notifying the biological father:- despite his having parental responsibility for the child, which would normally require him to be automatically joined into the proceedings. However in this complex case, the differences were highlighted between acquiring parental responsibility in a foreign…

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Co-op Legal Services reports loss of £22 million

April 17, 2014 1 comment

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The legal arm of the Co-operative Group has posted a £22 million loss for the year to 2013. It’s review highlighted the investment made into CLS’s fixed-fee family law businesses in 2013. This brought in £1.2m revenue in its first full year of trading; Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) incurred an operating loss of £9.1 million…

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What family lawyers were talking about this week…

April 17, 2014 1 comment

Law reports

Three drug, alcohol, paternity testing companies have gone into administration as a result of legal aid cutbacks. Trimega Laboratories Limited, Screensafe UK Limited and Ingemino Testing Services Limited went into administration on the 7th of April. Trimega Laboratories Limited, which operates out of Blackley, Greater Manchester, provides testing that supports decisions in child protection cases,…

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Guidelines planned on ‘financial needs’ following divorce

April 17, 2014 2 comments

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Guidance due later this year will bring clarity to the issue of financial needs following divorce or separation, the government has claimed. In a recently published report entitled Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements, the Law Commission said current law does not clearly define financial needs following the end of a marriage or civil partnership, leading…

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Paternity testing laboratory goes into administration

April 17, 2014 0 comments

family life

Trimega Laboratories, the Manchester-based specialist in paternity, drug and alcohol testing, has gone into administration. Its near neighbour Ingemino Testing Services, which carried out many of the tests on their behalf, has also gone into administration, along with Screensafe UK in Stafford, which offered drug testing for employers. Administrator Paul Flint of KPMG said the…

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