Victim of Nigerian baby-selling scam can keep child

September 2, 2014 0 comments

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A High Court Judge has allowed a couple to keep a child which they were deceived into thinking was their own. Mrs Justice Hogg first concluded that the child, a two-year-old girl, and the woman were the victims of a fraudulent fertility sham, but then went on to support the continuation of the couple’s care…

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Adultery, divorce and the legal system

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September 2, 2014 3 comments

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Over a long career as a divorce lawyer, I have seen more cases involving adultery than I can count. It’s sad to say, but sometimes people stray from their spouse and the damage done to their relationship is irreparable. There are common misconceptions about adultery in relation to the law. It is not merely a…

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Important family law cases: Charman v Charman

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September 2, 2014 1 comment

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The case of Charman v Charman hit the headlines when it was decided, as it involved the largest ever award in a contested application for financial remedies following divorce in this country. That is not, however, why it appears as one of my important cases. I have already written here about the decisions in White…

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Is arbitration finally gaining momentum?

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September 2, 2014 0 comments

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Yesterday, Parliament returned from its summer recess. With the government back in session, what is the likelihood that they will act to make arbitration in family law matters a more visible option for divorcing couples? The removal of legal aid in the vast majority of divorce cases has left the potential divorcee with a trilemma…

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Family courts failing to meet care targets

September 2, 2014 0 comments

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A majority of family law courts in England are failing to meet the 26 week target for care cases to completed, new figures have revealed. According to statistics recently released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), 29 of the 42 court areas have been unable to complete care cases in…

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Child of ex-convict put up for adoption

September 2, 2014 2 comments

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A judge has approved an adoption for the five month old son of a man convicted for child cruelty. In JJD (Care & Placement Orders), the boy’s father, identified as ‘DD’ in the judgment, had served a prison sentence after causing “significant and traumatic injuries” to a child from a previous relationship. The parents had…

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