FGM, children cases, statistics and more

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December 15, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law Statistics regarding the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, for the period from July to September 2017, have been published by the NHS. During that period there were 1,760 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken….

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Christmas family conflict

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

family life

As a legal practitioner here at Stowe Family Law LLP, specialising particularly in private cases involving children, I am always conscious at this time of the year that the Christmas period can be very difficult for some families: particularly if they are separated and the parents can’t agree on arrangements for their children over the…

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Supreme Court begins search for new Deputy President

December 14, 2017 0 comments

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has begun looking for a new Deputy President, following news that the recently appointed Lord Mance will retire in June next year. Two current Justices – Lord Hughes and Lord Sumption – are also scheduled to retire later in 2018, so the Supreme Court will be seeking replacements for them as well…

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Toddler removed from mother to protect her from father

December 14, 2017 0 comments

family life

A young mother who has already lost two children has now had her third taken into care to protect her from the father. Her first child died from pneumonia and the second in uncertain circumstances while being looked after by the father. In September last year, the couple’s third child, a girl referred to as…

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Inequality of arms in a post-legal aid world

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December 13, 2017 7 comments

family law

I nearly deleted the email. Greeted with it in my inbox early last Saturday morning, my still sleepy brain couldn’t initially make sense of it. It seemed to be just another spam email from some stranger, of the type that I receive all the time, and I automatically hovered over the ‘trash’ button. But then…

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Scottish divorce law ‘leaves wives worse off’

December 13, 2017 5 comments

finances and divorce

Differences between Scottish and English divorce law can leave wives worse off according to a legal organisation. Consensus Collaboration Scotland is a north-of-the-border network of lawyers and financial experts working to promote alternatives to the courtroom for divorces and family disputes. Speaking to Scottish newspaper The Herald, member Denise Laverty noted that: “One of the…

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The reality of domestic abuse

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December 12, 2017 5 comments

family life

A picture of life on the ‘front line’ I suspect that most people who have not suffered or witnessed it would have only a vague idea of the reality of domestic abuse. That is understandable. I thought that as a solicitor who practised family law for about a quarter of a century I would have…

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