Was there ever a legal aid ‘gravy train’?

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March 26, 2015 7 comments

legal aid, legal aid cuts

I’ve just read on the BBC a summary of a Panorama programme due to be broadcast next Monday which examines the effect of the legal aid cuts upon those seeking contact with their children. The summary says: “As senior members of the judiciary warn these cuts have undermined the principle of equal access to the…

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Court confirms removal of disabled woman’s deputy

March 26, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Court of Protection has confirmed an earlier decision to remove a man from the role of deputy for his business partner’s financial affairs. In Re CJ the woman in question, referred to as ‘CJ’, is now in her mid-60s. She suffered brain damage following a heart attack in 2002, when there was a delay…

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Lib Dems promise global gay marriage

March 26, 2015 1 comment

gay marriage

The Liberal Democrats have included a pledge to make gay marriage legal worldwide in their 2015 general election manifesto. The party said they would use the Foreign Office to push countries which currently criminalise homosexuality to amend their laws. They claimed they would work with governments, businesses and even the World Bank to “make the…

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MPs recommend national ‘parenting support’ classes

March 26, 2015 0 comments

adoption

The government should create a national programme of classes to help parents, a group of MPs and peers have recommended. The recommendation follows a recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Parenting and Social Mobility which found that parenting has a strong influence on a child’s life trajectory. Such classes can often be subject to stigma, but this…

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Call for UK to apologise for forced adoptions

March 25, 2015 18 comments

family law, government, UK

The British government should apologise for its history of forced adoptions, according to a recently published letter. Signed by several prominent public figures including Members of Parliament, academics, authors and campaigners, the letter was published in The Times. It says that “thousands of babies were adopted by British married couples because their mothers were unmarried”…

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The challenges of social media

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March 25, 2015 0 comments

relationships

Only a couple of days ago I wrote here about parties to family proceedings using the internet in general, and social media in particular, as a weapon in legal proceedings. It didn’t take me long to come across another case where social media had been abused, albeit in a different way. It is not uncommon…

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Supreme Court sets aside care costs order

March 25, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Supreme Court has set aside an order requiring a local authority to pay the legal costs from a care case. In the Matter of S concerned the adoption of a six year-old girl. Her mother is Portuguese and her father is from Nepal but now works in Norway. In 2009 the local authority became…

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Child hearing delayed due to mother’s incarceration

March 25, 2015 0 comments

divorce

In a recently published judgment, a hearing to decide the fate of a one year-old child was suspended while the mother remained incarcerated in Singapore. In Bold v Khew, the mother was Mongolian and the father was from Singapore. Their child was born in July 2012 while both parents were living in England. The following…

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Majority in Philippines want legal divorce

March 25, 2015 2 comments

Philippines, divorce

A majority of Filipinos would support a change in the law to allow divorce, a new poll has revealed. The Philippines, made up of over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean, is the only country in the world apart from Vatican City which does not permit divorce for most of its citizens. A recent survey…

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