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Shared residency ‘cuts mental health problems’ in children

January 18, 2018 1 comment

family law

Young people who divide their time between their parents after divorce enjoy better mental health, new research suggests. Researchers at RKBU Vest (the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare) in Bergen, Norway, compared different living arrangements made by divorced parents for their children. A total of 7700 children were polled…

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Divorce and the family business by Gareth Curtis

January 17, 2018 0 comments

finances and divorce

It is not an understatement to say that small and medium sized businesses are the cornerstone of the British economy. For example according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, there were a record 5.7 million private sector businesses at the start of 2017 and total employment in SMEs was 16.1 million: 60 per…

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Transparency, privacy and schizophrenic lawyers

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January 16, 2018 3 comments

secrecy, privacy, family court, family law

Four years ago this week the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issued his practice guidance Transparency in the Family Courts, requiring an increased number of family court judgments to be published, in order to counter the charge that the family courts operate a system of secret and unaccountable justice. And so the…

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Council in huge care data breach

January 16, 2018 1 comment

children in care

A local authority accidentally disclosed the names of “hundreds” of children in care and vulnerable adults earlier this month. An unnamed person at Leicester City Council accidentally included a “large spreadsheet” as an attachment in emails sent to 27 different taxi firms inviting tenders to transport children living in residential homes, as well as adults…

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Runaway mother found in Spain with daughter

January 15, 2018 1 comment

family law

British mother Jessica Richards has been found in Spain with her four year-old daughter Elliana Shand. She had disappeared with Elliana the previous summer. The little girl had been the subject of care proceedings by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham due to her mother’s schizophrenia. Following their disappearance, Mr Justice Hayden announced that…

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Divorce linked to mental illness in children

January 15, 2018 5 comments

family life

15Divorce has been linked to higher rates of mental illness among children from Caucasian families. A team of researchers from University College London and the nearby Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families polled 30,000 children between the ages of 11 and 14, in the largest survey of children’s mental health conducted to date….

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Social media ‘could help social workers’

January 13, 2018 0 comments

family life

Social media posts could provide social workers with useful insights into troubled families, a serious case review has concluded. Such reviews are conducted by frontline agencies whenever a vulnerable child is killed or comes to serious harm. This one concerned the death of a two year-old boy. He had been killed by his mother’s partner…

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