Former Family Division President passes away

February 22, 2017 1 comment

judges

The Former President of the Family Division has died at the age of 71. Sir Nicholas Wall had retired from the role for health reasons in December 2012, less than three years after his appointment. He was succeeded by Sir James Munby. Sir Nicholas originally became a barrister at Gray’s Inn back in 1969, and…

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Court of Appeal rejects straight civil partnerships

February 21, 2017 2 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has rejected a straight couple’s bid to enter a civil partnership. London couple Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan were unsuccessful when they tried to secure this right from the High Court last year and have vowed to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. They argued that the…

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PM announces plans for new domestic abuse legislation

February 20, 2017 3 comments

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Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans for new domestic violence legislation. In a joint press release from the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, the Prime Minister said a “programme of works” would be likely to lead to the drafting of new legislation and the eventual creation of a Domestic Violence and Abuse…

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Fewer care orders made under 26 week timetable

February 20, 2017 3 comments

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The 26 week timetable for care proceedings introduced in 2014 has halved their average length, new research reveals. The target timescale was included in the Children and Families Act in order to discourage excessive delay and uncertainty for children who have been take into the care system following neglect or abuse. Previously care proceedings typically…

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Parents awarded £11K after ‘human rights breach’

February 17, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Court has awarded £11,250 to a couple whose human rights were breached when their baby was taken away. Mr Justice Cobb declared that social workers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, had misled a District Judge when they sought to remove the infant boy from his parent’s care. The mother suffered from minor learning difficulties…

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Millions announced to tackle child abuse

February 17, 2017 2 comments

child abuse

The Home Office has announced £40 million in new funding for measures designed to tackle the sexual abuse and trafficking of children. Half the new money will be funnelled into National Crime Agency efforts to tackle sexual exploitation online, while more than £2 million will be allotted to the official Child Trafficking Protection Fund, from…

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Maintenance for the older child

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February 16, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Jennifer Williamson, a senior solicitor based in our Winchester office. “My son and daughter are both teenagers now and my son will be going off to university soon. How does that affect…

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