Medical treatment, divorce statistics and more

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June 23, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, has criticised the thinking behind attempts to make courts financially self-sufficient. In a speech at the Palace of Westminster he insisted that courts are not ‘a provider of consumer services’. He said that “the characterisation of the courts as being service providers akin to…

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A manifesto pledge, two difficult cases and more

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June 2, 2017 9 comments

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A week in family law It was reported this week that Theresa May has pledged to create a new aggravated offence when domestic violence is directed towards a child, in order to allow perpetrators to be given longer sentences. She also confirmed that a Conservative government would introduce a statutory definition for domestic violence and…

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Transparency, cross-examination and more

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May 26, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A Norwich man has demanded that Judges publish details of his long-running dispute over contact with his daughter. He claims to have run up costs of half a million pounds, and says that dozens of hearings have taken place before numerous judges, but every hearing has been held in private…

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Needs, money, maintenance and more

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May 19, 2017 0 comments

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A Week In Family Law A multi-millionaire husband who was ordered to pay his wife the sum of £4.25 million after just 23 months of marriage has failed to have the award overturned on appeal. The husband, who is worth about £37 million, appealed against the award, claiming that it was more than was required…

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Manifestos, crazy costs and more

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May 12, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law I had wanted not to mention the election again, but Resolution, the association of family lawyers, has other ideas. Its National Chair, Nigel Shepherd, has called upon the major political parties to commit to modernising family justice in their manifesto. Resolution makes four proposals, which it claims “will make a…

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The Charlie Gard case, a CMS report and more

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May 5, 2017 2 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Charlie Gard case continues, with news that the parents are appealing the decision of Mr Justice Francis that doctors can withdraw life support from Charlie, allowing him to die with dignity. Charlie’s parents want to take him to the US for a treatment trial, and are therefore asking the…

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No-fault divorce, domestic abuse and more

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April 7, 2017 3 comments

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A week in family law Speaking at the national conference of Resolution, the association of family lawyers, Chair Nigel Shepherd has repeated the organisation’s call for the introduction of a system of no-fault divorce. Referring to the recent Owens case he said: “It’s simply wrong in this day and age that someone should be forced…

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