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Gender stereotypes ‘influence court rulings’

April 5, 2018 2 comments

family law

Judges are influenced by their attitude to traditional gender roles when ruling on family cases, researchers have claimed. In a newly published study they compared the responses of more than 500 US judges from a single (but unidentified) state, and an equal number of civilians. The gender breakdown of the judges was 68 per cent…

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Spending on services for children cut by £1 billion

April 4, 2018 0 comments

family life

The government has cut spending on services for children and teenagers by close to £1 billion in just six years, the Labour Party has claimed. Figures released by the party suggest that planned expenditure on such services is now £956,881,000 less than it was six years ago in ‘real terms’ – i.e. when inflation is…

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Cafcass rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

April 3, 2018 4 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – Cafcass – has been rated ‘outstanding’ by government inspectorate Ofsted. Ofsted praised the service, which intervenes in court cases concerning children, for “listening to children, understanding their world and acting on their views” and for its “exceptional [and] aspirational” leadership. At its previous inspection in…

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Marital property: England v Italy by Lidia Fili Aicardi

March 30, 2018 1 comment

marital property

Lidia Fili Aicardi is a trainee solicitor at Stowe Family Law. She has an Italian background and in this special feature she compares the legal concept of ‘marital property’ (assets acquired or owned by a married couple) in Italian and English law.   The concept of marital property is an elusive one, and the definition…

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High Court Judge ‘deprecates’ interrupting barristers

March 28, 2018 2 comments

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A High Court Judge has criticised the barristers involved in a long-running family dispute for interrupting each other excessively and allowing a court hearing to become a “shouting match”. The case was the culmination of a series of disputes over a full ten years between the parents of a girl who is now 13, including…

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High Court Judge backs calls for rethink on adoption contact

March 26, 2018 7 comments

adoption

High Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane has backed recent calls for a more flexible approach to contact with birth parents following adoption. Giving the keynote address at the annual conference of social work organisation Nagalro, the veteran judge referred in approving terms to a recent study commissioned by the British Association of Social Workers. The…

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Family Division President calls for no fault divorce

March 23, 2018 10 comments

family law

No fault divorce would help women who are “trapped in a loveless marriage”, the President of the Family Division has claimed. Speaking to the Edinburgh Law School earlier this week, Sir James Munby referred to the contentious case of Owens v Owens, in which a woman in her 60s was refused a divorce from her…

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