Shared residency ‘cuts mental health problems’ in children

January 18, 2018 1 comment

family law

Young people who divide their time between their parents after divorce enjoy better mental health, new research suggests. Researchers at RKBU Vest (the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare) in Bergen, Norway, compared different living arrangements made by divorced parents for their children. A total of 7700 children were polled…

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9 year-old ‘should be allowed to travel with mother’

January 10, 2018 2 comments

family law

A nine year-old boy should be allowed to travel abroad with his mother describe her acrimonious relationship with his father, a Judge has ruled. In the Family Court sitting at Oxford, Her Honour Judge Vincent described ‘A’ as “a happy, intelligent boy, who enjoys school and is popular with his classmates.” His father is British…

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Lawyers are good for children

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December 18, 2017 7 comments

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Or: we all like to say “I told you so”! Sometimes in life something is so self-evident that you really can’t understand why other people think differently. In such cases it is really satisfying when you come across independent confirmation that you were, indeed, right. The temptation to say “I told you so” can then…

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Sir James considers covert recordings

October 28, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Justice Council should examine the use of covert recordings in family cases, the President of the Family Court has declared. Sir James Munby said the use of covertly recorded conversations as evidence in cases was increasingly common and needed due consideration. The issue arose in a case concerning an 11 year-old girl, whose…

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Parental alienation: clarity at last

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October 16, 2017 60 comments

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Professionals came together to recognise the impact of parental alienation on children at a special conference organised by the Central London branch of FNF (Families Need Fathers) this Saturday. Senior figures in the sector attended, including Cafcass CEO Anthony Douglas, His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood, barrister Francesca Wiley QC and the NSPCC’s Head of Safeguarding,…

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Teen brothers to live with wealthy father in Switzerland

October 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The teenage sons of a wealthy Russian industrialist should be allowed to move to Switzerland to live with him despite their mother’s reluctance, the High Court has ruled. The boys in question were aged 15 and 13. Unsurprisingly their mother, with whom they’d been living, opposed the idea of the brothers moving to Switzerland. In…

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