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‘Wilful neglect’ jail risk for social workers

May 28, 2015 0 comments

social work

Social workers may face jail if they are found guilty of the ‘wilful neglect’ of vulnerable children, under a bill announced by the government this week. Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech included plans for a Policing and Criminal Justice Bill. Amongst the raft of legal measures outlined is a public consultation on the possibility of criminalising ‘wilful…

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How the other half litigate by John Bolch

May 28, 2015 0 comments

legal aid

“The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself.” – Charles Dickens, Bleak House I wrote here on Tuesday about how the abolition of legal aid for most private law family proceedings has created an underclass of second class litigants who cannot afford legal representation and are therefore at the mercy…

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Mother removed from deputyship of autistic son

May 28, 2015 0 comments

Court of Protection

The mother of a young man with autism and learning disabilities should no longer serve as his deputy, the Court of Protection has ruled. The case concerned ‘X’, a 25 year-old man who now lives in a residential home. Around his third birthday, he was diagnosed with “autistic tendencies”, on the basis of his slow…

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Forced marriage ‘still a huge problem’

May 28, 2015 0 comments

surrogacy

Young people in the UK are still being coerced into marriage despite laws designed to prevent it, a charity has claimed. Forced marriage was criminalised in England and Wales in June 2014. However, the Birmingham-based Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) claims it still receives calls from teenagers whose families are trying to marry them off…

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Divorced people more likely to die young

May 28, 2015 1 comment

divorce

Divorced adults are nearly 25 per cent more likely to die than their married counterparts, a wide-ranging analysis has concluded. Researchers from the University of Arizona analysed 32 existing studies on the link between mortality rates and divorce. In total, the data related to in excess of 6.5 million people and more than 755,000 divorces…

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Divorce rates drop by close to half in Gulf state

May 27, 2015 0 comments

Bahrain, divorce

The divorce rate in the Gulf state of Bahrain has plunged by 47 per cent in four years, new figures reveal. According to a study conducted by the country’s Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry, 500 of 6,344 couples who married in Bahrain during 2014 had divorced by the end of the year: a rate…

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The global impact of Ireland’s gay marriage vote

May 27, 2015 0 comments

family law

The impact of Ireland’s gay marriage referendum is being felt in countries around the world. On Friday, the country became the first in the world to legalise same sex marriage by public vote as a referendum on the matter was overwhelmingly won by the ‘Yes’ campaign. In the days since the result was announced, politicians…

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A small ray of light is extinguished by John Bolch

May 27, 2015 2 comments

legal aid

There have been various efforts by various people to plug the gap in legal advice and representation caused by the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters in April 2013. One of the more ingenious came from the very top when the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby decided that…

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Mother responsible for injuries to toddler

May 27, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The mother of a two year old boy caused bruising and other injuries, a family court has ruled. East Sussex County Council v BH & Others concerned ‘BT’, who was born in October 2012. The county council launched proceedings in September last year after the toddler suffered bruising on three occasions. Bite marks were also…

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Father’s bid for return of daughter to Germany fails

May 27, 2015 0 comments

Germany, family law

A Guinean father living in Germany has failed to get his nine year-old daughter back from the UK. The girl’s parents were in a relationship between 2005 and 2008. They lived together in Stade, a city in north Germany close to Hamburg, but never married. Their daughter, identified in the judgment as ‘AM’, was the…

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