Significant rise in serious incidents involving children

October 31, 2015 0 comments

child protection

The number of ‘serious incidents’ involving children has risen significantly in the last year, Ofsted has reported. Local authorities must report any incident of harm or neglect of children to Ofsted and these may lead to a serious case review. Incidents considered ‘serious’ can include the death of a child or concerns about professional practice….

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Eight month-old to be taken off life support

October 30, 2015 0 comments

Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Manchester County Court

An eight-month old girl who was born in a car should not receive life support, the High Court has ruled. Despite the parents’ wish that treatment continue, Mr Justice Peter Jackson declared that the girl had “no quality of life beyond remission from pain and distress”. The girl, identified in the judgment as ‘Chloe’, was…

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Legal aid cuts leave people ‘stressed and powerless’

October 30, 2015 5 comments

depression, facepalm

People who are ineligible for legal aid feel “stressed, powerless and unable to get on with life” as a result, researchers have claimed. An upcoming report by Middlesex University and anti-poverty charity Toynbee Hall details the experiences of people in London who need legal representation but do not have the means to pay for it….

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One in 14 US children have had a parent in prison

October 30, 2015 0 comments

Family life

Close to seven per cent of all US children have seen at least one live-in parent sent to prison, research claims. The total equates to around five million youngsters, or one in seven of all American children – much higher than previous estimates. Ten years ago just 60,000 children were affected. Research institute Child Trends…

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China ends one-child policy

October 29, 2015 1 comment

family law

China has ended its infamous ‘one-child policy’ after 35 years, state media reported this week. The ruling Communist Party announced that all married couples will now be able to have two children if they wish. The original policy was implemented in September 1980 amid concerns over an extremely high birth rate. Couples who violated the…

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A callous and calculating attorney

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October 29, 2015 0 comments

family law

Sometimes a family law report will strike a personal chord, reminding one of one’s own family, and thereby bringing home the reality of the circumstances surrounding the case. So it was when I read the report of the Court of Protection case Re SF yesterday. Re SF concerned Sheila, a woman of my late mother’s…

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Judge criticises ‘tragedy’ of costs in financial disputes

October 29, 2015 5 comments

finances and divorce

The number of financial disputes which run up disproportionate legal costs is a “tragedy”, a High Court judge has declared. In a recent judgment, Mr Justice Holman said that it was far too common to see “litigants spending completely disproportionate amounts of money on purely financial litigation”. He added that disputes over children – such…

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UKIP: open up the family courts

October 29, 2015 9 comments

UKIP, family law

More media access to the Family Courts to prevent “outrageous injustices”, UKIP’s sole MP has insisted. Speaking at the publication of a new policy paper, Clacton MP Douglas Carswell said the current system was a “scandal” and claimed the family courts acted “like a juggernaut [which] breaks up families”. He claimed that secrecy has led…

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