MIAMS, adoption and more

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June 30, 2017 6 comments

family law

A week in family law In 2016 over 60 per cent of couples did not attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before applying for a court order to settle disputes over parenting, finance and property, according to figures obtained by the charity National Family Mediation (NFM). The requirement to attend a MIAM before…

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German MPs approve gay marriage

June 30, 2017 0 comments

gay marriage

German MPs have approved gay marriage in a snap vote. Mitglieder des Bundestages  (Members of the Federal Parliament) voted 393 votes to 226 in favour. As a result, same sex couples currently confined to civil unions will now have access to full marriage, the BBC reports. The move comes just days after longstanding Chancellor Angela…

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Does Gingerbread have a monopoly on the argument?

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June 30, 2017 26 comments

finances and divorce

In an article in The Times this week headlined Fathers use elaborate tricks to avoid paying child support we hear the same one sided story from ‘single parent’ charity Gingerbread that men are feckless ‘high-rollers’ who care nothing for their children and create elaborate financial scams to defraud the hapless child maintenance and tax authorities…

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Former Supreme Court Justice dies during surgery

June 30, 2017 0 comments

barrister

A former Justice of the Supreme Court died this week during surgery. Lord Toulson served as a Justice for three years, from April 2013 until his retirement in September 2016. Since then he had worked part time on the Court’s Supplementary Panel. This provides additional justices for rulings when needed. Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger…

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Breaking the rules in children cases

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June 29, 2017 2 comments

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“Most rules have an exception” said Mr Justice Holman, in the course of his short judgment in A Local Authority v The Mother & Another. That judgment, and another Holman J judgment also published on Monday, proved the truth of that statement. As Holman J also said, A Local Authority v The Mother & Anor…

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McKenzie Friend denied appeal

June 29, 2017 4 comments

family law

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 1 comment

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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