Another data breach, a missing child and more

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January 19, 2018 0 comments

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A week in family law The week began with news of yet another local authority data breach relating to children in care. This time it was the turn of Leicester City Council, which accidentally emailed a spreadsheet containing details of “hundreds, potentially thousands” of vulnerable people, including children, to 27 taxi firms. The Council sent…

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‘Reform surrogacy laws’ says four-time surrogate mother

January 19, 2018 0 comments

surrogacy

A veteran surrogate mother has called for reform of Britain’s aging surrogacy laws. Under the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985, surrogate mothers automatically receive the legal status of parents to the children they carry, even if (as in most cases) they have no genetic relationship to them. Despite being no relation, the mother’s partner or spouse…

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Millionaires’ ex-wives vs the divorce courts

January 18, 2018 2 comments

finances and divorce

Last night’s BBC Two show Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club profiled the former spouses of two wealthy businessmen and the drawn-out courtroom battles that followed the ends of their marriages. Lisa Imerman fought her former husband Vivian for a share of his huge fortune. His original wealth had been made in the fruit juice industry before their…

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Shared residency ‘cuts mental health problems’ in children

January 18, 2018 2 comments

family law

Young people who divide their time between their parents after divorce enjoy better mental health, new research suggests. Researchers at RKBU Vest (the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare) in Bergen, Norway, compared different living arrangements made by divorced parents for their children. A total of 7700 children were polled…

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Divorce and the family business by Gareth Curtis

January 17, 2018 0 comments

finances and divorce

It is not an understatement to say that small and medium sized businesses are the cornerstone of the British economy. For example according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, there were a record 5.7 million private sector businesses at the start of 2017 and total employment in SMEs was 16.1 million: 60 per…

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Transparency, privacy and schizophrenic lawyers

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January 16, 2018 3 comments

secrecy, privacy, family court, family law

Four years ago this week the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issued his practice guidance Transparency in the Family Courts, requiring an increased number of family court judgments to be published, in order to counter the charge that the family courts operate a system of secret and unaccountable justice. And so the…

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Council in huge care data breach

January 16, 2018 1 comment

children in care

A local authority accidentally disclosed the names of “hundreds” of children in care and vulnerable adults earlier this month. An unnamed person at Leicester City Council accidentally included a “large spreadsheet” as an attachment in emails sent to 27 different taxi firms inviting tenders to transport children living in residential homes, as well as adults…

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