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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 1 comment

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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Domestic abuse may overshadow other risks to children

November 15, 2017 2 comments

family life

Domestic violence in the home may overshadow other serious risks to children a new Cafcass report suggests. The court service examined the details of 97 serious case reviews. These are conducted following the death of vulnerable children or when such youngsters experience serious harm. The researchers found that having parents prone to outbursts of domestic…

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High Court revokes premature adoption order

November 15, 2017 0 comments

children in care

In a rare move, the High Court has revoked a premature adoption order issued after a Judge became confused during the hearing. The placement order made in December 16 for a then two year-old boy referred to as ‘J’. Sitting the High Court, Mr Justice Hayden said: “J has been described as a happy, friendly,…

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