A continental perspective and a shuttlecock baby

August 31, 2012 2 comments

Moving abroad is always a big step, whether for work, a new relationship, or just a little more sunshine. Expatriates have contend with legal systems and cultures that may be very different to those in the UK, colouring their experience of such fundamentals as buying a house, obtaining residency status, paying tax….and of course getting…

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Costs orders in children cases: a solicitor’s dilemma

August 1, 2012 5 comments

Over the past month there has been a number of published judgments relating to children. You don’t have to cut too far through the legal jargon before the real-life human dramas emerge. Recently there have been cases about families torn apart when surrogacy and adoptions have gone tragically wrong. Reading about them I have come…

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“Mum is implacably hostile” By guest blogger DT.

July 16, 2012 46 comments

How often have you heard this phrase? If you’re a lawyer or some other professional involved in intractable contact matters, probably quite a lot. If you’re a parent (probably a dad) you may have first hand experience of the phenomena. Although either parent, or indeed both parents can be implacably hostile, the term is usually…

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Shared parenting: are the Government’s proposals up to scratch?

June 22, 2012 50 comments

Professor Chris Barton emailed me this morning with a link to the Government’s consultation paper, which proposes changes to the law with regard to shared parenting. Tongue-in-cheek, he asked me if I had already memorised it! In my opinion, much of the unhappiness and aggravation presently endured by separating parents when reaching decisions about the future parenting of their…

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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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