Divorce and children: a note on names

March 1, 2016 5 comments

Marilyn Stowe

In this extract from the second edition of Marilyn Stowe’s book Divorce and Splitting Up: Advice from a Top Divorce Lawyer, she discusses what to do about children’s names following a divorce. We are often asked about children’s names. You should know that typically, these should not be changed without agreement from both parents. This rule…

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Is greater transparency inevitable?

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March 1, 2016 6 comments

Court of Protection

The issue of transparency within the family justice system is, as I believe I’ve commented before, the subject of almost constant debate amongst family lawyers these days. Hardly a week seems to go by without the issue being raised. However, over the weekend it went beyond the confines of the profession, making headlines in at…

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Baby made ward of court over FGM fears

March 1, 2016 1 comment

family law

The daughter of a diplomat from West Africa has been made a ward of court following concerns that she could be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). In a preliminary hearing at the High Court this week,, Mr Justice Keehan made both the wardship order and an FGM protection order, following a request from the…

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Government won’t change free childcare entitlement

March 1, 2016 0 comments

children, family law

The government has rejected calls to change the date on which older children become eligible for free childcare. Currently, parents of three year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week from one of three start dates each year – the beginning of the school term on or after 1 April, 1 September…

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