Why I think grandparents’ legal rights are fit for purpose

February 2, 2012 35 comments

Tomorrow I will be appearing on the This Morning alongside Gloria Hunniford and another guest to discuss the difficult subject of access to grandchildren following the split of their parents. I was the legal contributor to Gloria’s book Glorious Grandparenting and I have posted on this subject on numerous occasions. In the book I do…

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A note on the Vicky Haigh case

August 23, 2011 22 comments

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The case of Vicky Haigh has made lurid headlines today. She is the woman publicly named and shamed by Lord Justice Wall, the President of the Family Division, after making “entirely false” and “scandalous” allegations about her former partner. She accused him of sexually abusing their young daughter. Sir Nicholas Wall said: “Allegations of sexual…

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External Relocation: An update.

August 4, 2011 5 comments

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My recent post about external relocation sparked an interesting debate, and it became clear that there are many readers who have personal experience of this subject – and strong feelings about it. A recent case has provided a useful update to external relocation cases, and I would like to draw upon it to explain how…

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Is shared parenting legislation really the way forward?

June 1, 2011 18 comments

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Would legislation for shared parenting time help children? This question is asked in the latest study published by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.Its authors focus upon research in Australia, where changes to encourage shared care parenting were made in 2006. Shared parenting arrangements, in which childcare is split…

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Gloria Hunniford and grandparents’ rights

December 2, 2010 1 comment

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The TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford has published a new book called Glorious Grandparenting. I was delighted to be asked to contribute a detailed section about legal rights for grandparents. It is a subject that is close to my heart: I have written previously about how grandparents, even when they enjoy close relationships with…

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