The changing landscape of gay marriage in Europe

November 30, 2014 0 comments

family law

We have covered the progress of marriage equality rather extensively on the blog. While same-sex marriage has been legal in England and Wales since the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, there are still many countries where this is an ongoing battle. The latest victory for supporters of gay marriage comes from…

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Report criticises DfE over children in care

November 29, 2014 0 comments

children, LASPO, legal aid

The Department for Education has been criticised by the National Audit Office (NAO) for failing to meet the needs of children in care. The NAO is responsible for scrutinising public spending. In a newly published report, it claims that the Department has failed to sufficiently improve the stability of care placements. To improve stability, the…

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Social workers accused of bias by judge

November 28, 2014 0 comments

divorce

A judge has accused social workers involved in a care application of being biased against members of the child’s own family. In North East Lincolnshire Council -v- G and L, the mother of a three year old boy, referred to as ‘J’, had been unable to care for him due to problems with substance abuse….

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What family lawyers were talking about this week…

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November 28, 2014 0 comments

justice, family law

Quite a lot, including: A new survey of teens and young adults published by family lawyers’ association Resolution to coincide with Family Dispute Resolution Week indicates that young people feel their exam results are suffering as a direct result of parental break-up. The survey of 14-22 year olds also finds that parental separation is leading…

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Financial trouble follows relationship breakdown

November 28, 2014 3 comments

family law

One in four British adults fall into debt following the breakup of a relationship, a new survey suggests. Research from family law organisation Resolution found that one in six adults have resorted to asking friends or family for financial assistance after a relationship ended. This is the latest set of data released to mark Family…

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Unrepresented litigants have not caused delays, government claims

November 27, 2014 2 comments

litigants in person

The increasing number of unrepresented ‘litigants in person’ have not significantly delayed family court hearings, a new report claims. According to a statistics bulletin from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the estimated duration of hearings in which neither party has legal representation has actually gone down in comparison to cases in which both parties have…

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The tangled web of family law

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November 27, 2014 0 comments

family law

Over a lengthy career as a family lawyer one comes across many different scenarios, some common, some quite rare. It’s strange how sometimes one of the rare scenarios can repeat itself in quick succession. Just last week someone found their way to my blog asking a question about enforcing a financial consent order after the…

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