Statistics, court profits and more

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July 21, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been busy this week. Firstly, they have published population estimates by marital status and living arrangements in England and Wales, for the period from 2002 to 2016. The statistics showed that there were 24.1 million people in England and Wales who were married…

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Charlie Gard, adoption advice and more

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July 14, 2017 1 comment

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Statistics for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), for the year from April 2016 to March 2017 have been published by NHS Digital. FGM has been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1985 and the law was strengthened in 2003 to prevent girls travelling from the UK and undergoing FGM abroad. The…

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MIAMs, courts and more

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July 7, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law My first story is actually from last week, but I omitted to mention it in my weekly review post last Friday, and I wanted to make a quick comment about it. It is the important story of a paid McKenzie friend who was denied permission to appeal against an order…

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MIAMS, adoption and more

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June 30, 2017 6 comments

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A week in family law In 2016 over 60 per cent of couples did not attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before applying for a court order to settle disputes over parenting, finance and property, according to figures obtained by the charity National Family Mediation (NFM). The requirement to attend a MIAM before…

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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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