Stowe Family Law Web Team

Raising an American child now costs $233,000

January 21, 2017 0 comments

family life

The average cost of raising a child to adulthood has now reached $233,610 (£189,000), the United States Department of Agriculture has reported. Although the topic may at first glance appear to be outside its remit, the Department of Agriculture has in fact been tracking the cost of raising a child from birth to their 18th…

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Revisions to domestic violence direction considered

January 20, 2017 1 comment

family law

High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb has published a report into possible revisions to court rules concerning domestic violence. The so-called Family Procedure Rules set out a complex series of operating directions for the family courts. Practice direction 12J deals with “CHILD ARRANGEMENTS AND CONTACT ORDERS: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HARM” (sic). In a comprehensive report,…

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Parents who lied about injury regain their children

January 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

A young brother and sister who were taken into care after their father injured the boy are to be returned to their parents’ care. In C (Children : phased rehabilitation), the youngsters in question were three and one years of age. Their parents are both still in their 20s. In September 2015, the younger brother,…

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Arkansas tops divorce chart in the United States

January 20, 2017 0 comments

divorce

More people divorce in the southern state of Arkansas than anywhere else in the United States new government statistics reveal. According to the data, from the National Center for Health Statistics, out of every 1,000 people in the so-called ‘Natural State’, an average of 4.8 will eventually divorce. This figure is considerably higher than the…

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LASPO review timetable explained

January 19, 2017 0 comments

legal aid

The Minister of State for Courts and Justice has set out government plans for a review of controversial legal aid legislation. When it came into force in 2013, amongst other provisions the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) drastically cut the public funding available for many court cases.  Most family litigants are…

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Young carers ‘missing out’

January 19, 2017 0 comments

family life

Many younger carers miss out on out official support because they are afraid of social services, a report has claimed. Children and teens who have caring responsibilities towards family members may fear being taken into the care system if social workers become aware of the family’s situation the Department for Education report suggests. They are…

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Divorcing couple argue over lost cash

January 18, 2017 0 comments

family law

A Brisbane couple argued over the whereabouts of more than AU $200,000 (£122,000) at a recent court hearing. The couple, both in their 60s, had been married for 27 years when their relationship broke down. At a Federal Circuit Court hearing, both accused the other of absconding with a red shoebox containing $35,000 (£28,000). This…

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Extradition bid by mother of lost children dismissed

January 18, 2017 3 comments

child abduction

The mother of three children stranded in Nigeria has failed in a bid to extradite their father. The siblings in question had been born in 2002, 2005 and 2007. They lived in the UK with their parents until July 2013. That month they travelled to Nigeria in disputed circumstances. The mother applied for their return…

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