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Legal aid digital system a ‘national scandal’

April 19, 2015 0 comments

website, divorce

The Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) new digital application system has been criticised by family lawyers as a “national scandal”. Speaking at family law organisation Resolution’s national conference in Brighton, chair Jo Edwards said that the new Client Cost and Management System (CCMS) has been “beset with problems since its introduction”. She cited such problems as…

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Disabled 16 year-old to remain in foster care

April 18, 2015 0 comments

disability, care

A Family Court judge has approved a local authority’s request to keep a disabled 16 year-old in care. In Re S (a child with disabilities), the boy had impaired hearing, sight and speech in addition to an inability to walk unaided. He was “a wheelchair user most of the time” with “severe and complex needs”….

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36 year-old husband jailed for bigamy

April 17, 2015 1 comment

marriage

A 36 year-old man has been jailed for bigamy after his first wife discovered his second on Facebook. Andrew O’Clee married first wife Michelle in 2008. He began a relationship with another woman called Philippa three years later while he and his wife were still trying to have a baby. When he decided to marry…

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Care proceedings transferred to Lithuanian courts

April 17, 2015 0 comments

habitual residence

Care proceedings concerning two children should be transferred to Lithuania, a family court has ruled. G & A concerned a 12 year-old girl, ‘G’, and her younger brother, ‘A’, who is four. Both were born in the Baltic state, to Lithuanian parents, and lived in the country their whole lives, until November 2013. They have…

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Parties fight over inheritance tax as election nears

April 17, 2015 0 comments

Conservative Party

The three main parties have clashed over inheritance tax plans as the 2015 general election approaches. Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to eliminate the tax for family homes worth up to £1 million. In a speech earlier this week, he said that inheritance tax “was never meant for people in modest homes, on middle…

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Adoption charity considers party pledges

April 17, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The Chief Executive of campaigning charity the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has released her views on statements made by the three main parties as they campaign in the general election. Caroline Selkirk assessed key statements made by the Labour Party, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in relation to children in care….

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‘Mixed orientation’ couples and gay marriage

April 16, 2015 0 comments

gay marriage

A Mormon couple have objected to their inclusion in a document sent to the US Supreme Court opposing gay marriage. Darrin Johns, an attorney based in American Fork, Utah, filed a ‘friend of the court’ briefing with the highest court in the United States earlier this month. Supreme Court Justices recently announced a review of…

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Campaigning for family law reform by John Bolch

April 16, 2015 2 comments

elections

Whether you love them or (like me) loathe them, general elections are increasingly being used by those seeking changes in the area of family law as an opportunity to push for those changes to be introduced. In fact, I don’t remember a previous election where there has been so much ‘campaigning’ in connection with family…

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Court of Appeal endorses adjournment refusal

April 16, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a father’s appeal against a refusal to adjourn proceedings in a care dispute. Re U concerned a couple with five children. The oldest will turn 20 this year, while the youngest two, a sets of twins, are just three. Following concerns for their welfare, the local authority launched care…

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