Revisions to domestic violence direction considered

January 20, 2017 1 comment

family law

High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb has published a report into possible revisions to court rules concerning domestic violence. The so-called Family Procedure Rules set out a complex series of operating directions for the family courts. Practice direction 12J deals with “CHILD ARRANGEMENTS AND CONTACT ORDERS: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HARM” (sic). In a comprehensive report,…

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Law reform, adoption and more

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January 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law Tim Loughton MP’s Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill has been blocked by the government at its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill would have amended the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to provide that opposite sex couples may enter a civil partnership. Mr Loughton said that there…

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LASPO review timetable explained

January 19, 2017 0 comments

legal aid

The Minister of State for Courts and Justice has set out government plans for a review of controversial legal aid legislation. When it came into force in 2013, amongst other provisions the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) drastically cut the public funding available for many court cases.  Most family litigants are…

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Young carers ‘missing out’

January 19, 2017 0 comments

family life

Many younger carers miss out on out official support because they are afraid of social services, a report has claimed. Children and teens who have caring responsibilities towards family members may fear being taken into the care system if social workers become aware of the family’s situation the Department for Education report suggests. They are…

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Divorcing couple argue over lost cash

January 18, 2017 0 comments

family law

A Brisbane couple argued over the whereabouts of more than AU $200,000 (£122,000) at a recent court hearing. The couple, both in their 60s, had been married for 27 years when their relationship broke down. At a Federal Circuit Court hearing, both accused the other of absconding with a red shoebox containing $35,000 (£28,000). This…

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Extradition bid by mother of lost children dismissed

January 18, 2017 3 comments

child abduction

The mother of three children stranded in Nigeria has failed in a bid to extradite their father. The siblings in question had been born in 2002, 2005 and 2007. They lived in the UK with their parents until July 2013. That month they travelled to Nigeria in disputed circumstances. The mother applied for their return…

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Adoption drive ‘punishing’ lower income families

January 18, 2017 1 comment

family law

Poorer parents have born the brunt of the government’s drive to increase adoption, a charity has claimed. Legal Action for Women is an international organisation which, as the name suggests, helps women in need of legal assistance. In a new report, it cites research by social work professor Dr Andy Bilson of the University of…

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Litigants in person offered court tours and seminars

January 17, 2017 1 comment

litigants in person

Unrepresented litigants in person appearing at the Bristol Family and Civil Justice Centre will be offered a tour of the courts and ‘information sessions’ from next week. Both free options will be available between 1 and 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays, with alternating days dedicated to the family and then the civil courts. The initiative…

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German parents granted parental order in English courts

January 17, 2017 0 comments

surrogacy

A German couple has been granted a parental order in the English courts after they commissioned two children from an American surrogacy clinic. In AB (Surrogacy; Domicile), the children were referred to as ‘E’ and ‘F’. They were born in 2015 to a surrogate mother in Minnesota. Contact with her was brokered by the surrogacy…

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