Alfie Evans, court statistics, Cafcass and more

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April 6, 2018 0 comments

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A short week in family law The parents of Alfie Evans, the 23 month-old boy who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition, have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible. Alfie’s parents were seeking to overturn a decision…

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Contact ideas, refuges and shouting barristers

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March 29, 2018 0 comments

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A week (well, nearly) in family law Lord Justice McFarlane has put forward some interesting ideas regarding the issue of contact, both in relation to contact with adopted children by members of their natural family, and in relation to private law contact disputes between parents. In a speech to the NAGALRO annual conference he said…

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LASPO, reporting restrictions and more

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March 16, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Government has finally launched its post-implementation review of the changes made to legal aid by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The aim of the review will be to assess the extent to which the objectives of the LASPO changes (as explained here) were…

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FDACs, marriages, and domestic abuse

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March 9, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Well, actually a bit more than a week, as I’m starting with a couple of stories that I omitted from my roundup last Friday. The first story is about the problem-solving Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs), and I wanted to mention it here to once more praise the excellent…

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Costs, pensions, domestic violence and more

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March 2, 2018 1 comment

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A week in family law The Arctic weather conditions across the country may have grabbed the headlines this week, but there were also a few significant family law news stories… First up, a mother is facing having to pay a costs bill approaching £20,000, after successfully challenging an order made in care proceedings relating to…

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