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Unrepresented litigants have not caused delays, government claims

November 27, 2014 1 comment

litigants in person

The increasing number of unrepresented ‘litigants in person’ have not significantly delayed family court hearings, a new report claims. According to a statistics bulletin from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the duration of hearings in which neither party has legal representation has actually gone down in comparison to cases in which both parties have lawyers….

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The tangled web of family law by John Bolch

November 27, 2014 0 comments

family law

Over a lengthy career as a family lawyer one comes across many different scenarios, some common, some quite rare. It’s strange how sometimes one of the rare scenarios can repeat itself in quick succession. Just last week someone found their way to my blog asking a question about enforcing a financial consent order after the…

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Somali father excluded as carer of two sisters

November 27, 2014 0 comments

family life

The Somali father of a brother and sister, aged four and two, has been ruled out as their carer following the arrest of their mother. In London Borough of Tower Hamlets v D, E and F, care proceedings were launched for the two children following the death of their younger sister at the age of…

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Children swapped at birth ‘should not be returned’

November 27, 2014 0 comments

Pretoria, South Africa, children, family law

Two South African children who were accidentally swapped at birth should not be returned to their biological families, a legal expert has urged. Now aged four, the children were born in a Johannesburg hospital on the same day. Nurses mixed up the identities of the boy and the girl and, as a result, they were…

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Father accused of rape granted legal aid

November 26, 2014 3 comments

family law

A father seeking contact with his baby son has been granted legal aid despite an accusation of rape by the child’s mother. In Re C (A Child), the boy’s parents had a brief a relationship. After she gave birth, the father applied for contact with his child and for ‘parental responsibility’. This is a legal…

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Family advice service launched by poverty charity

November 26, 2014 0 comments

family life

UK charity the Child Poverty Action Group has launched an online information service for welfare advisors and families claiming benefits. Ask CPAG Online provides a range of information on issues affecting families dependent on benefits and tax credits. It is primarily aimed at advisors but is also accessible to claimants. The site is currently focused…

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One in ten leave job after separation

November 26, 2014 0 comments

divorce

Close to one in ten British workers have left jobs following a divorce or separation – that is the verdict of newly published research. Comres polled more than 4,000 adults for Resolution, a legal organisation which promotes alternatives to court for family disputes. Nine per cent of the respondents said they had had to leave…

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Getting to the truth by John Bolch

November 26, 2014 0 comments

family law

When a Court of Appeal judge starts their judgment by saying that the case does not give rise to any issues of principle I naturally think that it will not be worth my while continuing to read the judgment and move on to the next law report. Such was the case with Colborne v Colborne…

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