What parents in dispute should know about SPIPS

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August 23, 2017 2 comments

mediation

For any couple with children, whether married or unmarried, unable to agree arrangements for them and embroiled in court proceedings under the Children Act 1989, the chances are that at an early stage in the proceedings the Court will order both parents to attend what is known as a ‘SPIP’: a separated parents information programme….

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Cafcass report ‘betrayed the trust’ of fathers (update)

August 1, 2017 40 comments

family life

Campaigning charity Families Need Fathers (FNF) has condemned last week’s joint report by Cafcass and Women’s Aid as ‘betraying the trust’ of fathers. The report claimed that no less than 62 per cent of all applications to the courts regarding arrangements for children feature allegations of domestic violence. The figure was based on an analysis…

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Ex-wife jailed for contempt after defaming husband

July 6, 2017 8 comments

divorce

The former wife of a Methodist Minister has been jailed for contempt of court after repeatedly accusing him of abuse. The case dated back as far as 2001, when the divorced couple disputed the father’s rights to see his daughter. In the High Court Mr Justice Hayden noted, the father’s wish to see his children…

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Joint custody mandated in Michigan

June 24, 2017 2 comments

shared parenting

Family judges in the northerly American state of Michigan could be required to award divorcing parents joint custody of their children by default. House Bill 4691 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee of the state legislature earlier this week. It would mandate equal parenting following divorce unless substantiated reports of domestic violence have been…

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