Istanbul Convention law receives royal assent

May 2, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

A bill requiring the UK to ratify the Istanbul Convention has received royal assent, thereby bcoming law. More formally known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Convention was opened for signature by members of the Council of Europe in the eponymous Turkish city in…

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FBI agent marries ISIS terrorist

May 2, 2017 0 comments

family law

An FBI agent who was assigned to investigate a member of terrorist group ISIS ended up marrying him instead. Daniela Greene was a translator for the agency who was told to monitor German-born militant “Individual A” in January 2014. This turned out to be former rapper Denis Cuspert, who went by the name Deso Dogg…

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Costs award made against litigious father in adoption case

May 2, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

An unnamed local authority has been granted a partial costs award against a father who claimed damages relating to the adoption of his daughters. He had previously taken his local authority to court complaining that it had allowed his children  to be known by the surname of prospective adopters before any adoption order had been…

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Child Maintenance Service must be less ‘tentative’

May 2, 2017 43 comments

fostering and adoption

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is too “tentative” in its approach to enforcement and must take a stronger approach to enforcement, MPs have insisted. The CMS was launched in 2012 as a replacement for the Child Support Agency (CSA). The idea was to encourage parents to deal directly with each other following a separation rather…

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House of Commons publishes guide to contact orders

May 2, 2017 12 comments

family law

The House of Commons Library has published a guide to residence and contact for parents and grandparents. The Library conducts research and publishes information on a variety of legal topics for MPs to use when adivising their constituents. Children: residence and contact court orders and related matters for parents, grandparents and others explains these legal…

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