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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A badly handled divorce can impact child’s health

May 26, 2017 5 comments

family law

Children’s health can suffer if their parents do not handle divorce well, new research suggests. While previous studies have found a link between parental divorce and ill-health in children, Spanish academics claim it is not the divorce itself which is the real problem. When a couple bring their marriage to an end, “improper handling of…

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Siblings should ‘fly back to Canada’

April 13, 2017 0 comments

family life

A brother and sister brought to Britain by their father should be returned to their mother in Canada, despite a complicated and acrimonious legal history. The English parents met in  1998 when the mother was still just 17. Their first child followed in 2002 and the second three years later. They eventually married in 2005….

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