Stowe Family Law Web Team

Children in foster care deserve better say MPs

December 29, 2017 2 comments

children in care

The government should conduct a thorough review of the overstretched care system, the Commons Education Committee has claimed. In a new report, the MPs also call for children in foster placements to be given more information on their placement and for greater efforts to be made to keep siblings who have been taken into care…

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Best friends of 60+ years discover they are brothers

December 28, 2017 0 comments

family law

Two men who have been best friends for more than six decades recently discovered that they are biological brothers. The older of the two, Walter Macfarlane, was born in the Hawaiian capital Honolulu in 1943. His mother intended to give him up for adoption but, rather than go through the official process of adoption, her…

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Divorce is taking longer

December 27, 2017 3 comments

family law

While the overall divorce rate may be in decline, the time each one takes is increasing according to new research. A survey of more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 55, all of whom had divorced or separated at some point in the last decade, found that the average divorce took 14…

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Seven new family law QCs appointed

December 23, 2017 3 comments

judges

The government has announced the appointment of seven new family law QCs. QCs, or Queen’s Counsels, are senior lawyers with different legal specialities. Most are practising barristers. They can apply for this prestigious title after acquiring significant expertise and a solid reputation. Appointment – by a nine-member selection panel – confers the right to wear…

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Troubled autistic boy can be left in care home court rules

December 22, 2017 0 comments

deprivation of liberty

Restrictions placed on an 11 year-old living in a residential care home are lawful, a family court has declared. The boy was placed in a special residential home earlier this year after social workers became concerned that his mother was neglecting him and could not cope with his disabilities. ‘B’ has a form of autism,…

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Paternity pay rates considered in court

December 22, 2017 1 comment

maternity leave

A claim that UK services company Capita discriminated against a new father has reached the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Madassar Ali’s wife developed postnatal depression after giving birth, and was encouraged to return to work as part of her recovery. This would mean Madassar becoming the stay-at-home parent for a period. The family hoped to take…

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Transgender row should be reheard Court of Appeal rules

December 21, 2017 0 comments

transgender

The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. She left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife has refused to let the transgender woman see their…

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500 new child protection investigations a day

December 20, 2017 5 comments

family life

Councils launched more than 500 new child welfare investigations a day last year according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA). The organisation represents 370 English and Welsh councils. it contrasts the figure with the situation ten years ago, when an average of just 200 investigations  a day were launched. LGA Chair Richard…

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