Stowe Family Law Web Team

McKenzie friends organisation predicts damaged family law system

April 29, 2014 1 comment

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The managing director of a professional McKenzie friend service has predicted “severe detriment” to the family law system if fee-charging friends continue to increase in numbers. John Junk of Family Court Support said fee-charging McKenzie Friends (FCMF) were in the midst of an “inexorable rise”. “The junior branch of the legal order knows that they…

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Legal Aid for mediation announced for Hague Convention cases

April 28, 2014 0 comments

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The Legal Aid Agency has announced the automatic issue of non-merit tested legal aid for mediation in cases involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This international treaty provides a legal instrument for the swift return of children who are abducted by alienated parents from one participating country into another….

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City dads want more time with their kids, survey claims

April 27, 2014 1 comment

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Fathers who work in the City cited missing their children as their biggest challenge, in a recent survey. The results of the survey were announced with the launch of the new ‘Cityfathers’ network, which aims to help working fathers achieve greater flexibility in the workplace. In the survey of 750 working fathers, 44 per cent…

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Cafcass given seal of approval by Ofsted

April 24, 2014 0 comments

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Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – has been praised by education inspectorate Ofsted. Cafcass works to support and promote the interests of children involved in adoption and care proceedings, as well as private family disputes. In a newly published report, the inspectorate said Cafcass had seen significant improvement over…

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Judge rules that wife was “stranded” by husband

April 24, 2014 0 comments

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A High Court judge has ruled that a woman was stranded by her husband in a foreign country. In L v M, the father was British, with a family background in a different country, referred to as ‘Country A’ in the judgement. The mother, meanwhile, was a national of the same country. Following an arranged marriage,…

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