McKenzie Friend denied appeal

June 29, 2017 0 comments

litigants in person

A fee-charging McKenzie Friend has been told he cannot appeal against his exclusion from a family court dispute. McKenzie Friends are informal courtroom advisors favoured by some litigants unable to afford legal representation. Many, as in this case, work on a paid basis. The McKenzie Friend in question had been chosen by a mother in…

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Divorce & looking after yourself by Tracy Sapier

June 29, 2017 0 comments

counselling

Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences that life has to offer. A time of stress and anxiety, an emotional rollercoaster that impacts on the family as a whole. It is at times like these, when you have reached a traumatic crossroads in your life, that some kind of support may be just what…

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German Chancellor open to free vote on gay marriage

June 28, 2017 0 comments

gay marriage

Despite previous opposition German Chancellor Angela Merkel is willing to give MPs a free vote on the issue of gay marriage. Merkel, Chancellor since 2005, is also leader of the right-of-centre Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Christian Democratic Union), a political party which has maintained a longstanding opposition to the legalisation of same sex marriage in…

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Family Division President: judges can talk to Ofsted

June 28, 2017 0 comments

Ofsted

Judges are allowed to talk to Ofsted inspectors the President of the Family Division has declared. In newly published guidance, Sir James Munby noted that “some confusion had arisen over the propriety” of judges talking to Ofsted staff while the latter conduct inspections of children’s services departments and similar organisations. “For the avoidance of doubt”…

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Parents of Charlie Gard lose final appeal

June 28, 2017 2 comments

family life

The parents of a terminally ill baby have lost their final appeal against turning off his life support. Ten month-old Charlie Gard suffers from the very rare genetic illness mitochondrial depletion syndrome. This causes progressive muscle weakness and hinders normal movement . He is thought to be one of only 16 children in the entire…

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‘Mental health champions’ for each secondary school

June 28, 2017 7 comments

mental health

‘Mental health first aid champions’ could be appointed for every secondary school across England under new plans announced by the government. Approximately 3,000 teachers will receive special training over the next three years in how to identify symptoms of mental illness amongst pupils, becoming lengthily titled ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions’. Conditions to be…

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What counts as infidelity?

June 27, 2017 2 comments

family law

Men and women have different views on what exactly constitutes infidelity, according to a new survey. While 91 per cent of women believe that a passionate kiss with someone other than a partner counts as being unfaithful, as many as one in five men do not share this opinion. This disparity was identified by relationship…

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Sikh couple seek declaration after adoption refusal

June 27, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A British Sikh couple have launched legal proceedings  after they were turned away by an adoption agency due to their ethnic background. Following unsuccessful fertility treatment, Sandeep and Reena Mander had applied to adopt a child. But they were told by the agency Adopt Berkshire that the only children available for adoption in their region…

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Is the Transparency Guidance experiment over?

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June 27, 2017 1 comment

family law

The number of published judgments is returning to pre-guidance levels As many readers will be aware, in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby published Practice Guidance regarding the publication of judgments in the family courts. The intended effect of the guidance, which is commonly known simply as the ‘Transparency Guidance’,…

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