High Court Judge ‘deprecates’ interrupting barristers

March 28, 2018 2 comments

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A High Court Judge has criticised the barristers involved in a long-running family dispute for interrupting each other excessively and allowing a court hearing to become a “shouting match”. The case was the culmination of a series of disputes over a full ten years between the parents of a girl who is now 13, including…

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Family Division President calls for no fault divorce

March 23, 2018 10 comments

family law

No fault divorce would help women who are “trapped in a loveless marriage”, the President of the Family Division has claimed. Speaking to the Edinburgh Law School earlier this week, Sir James Munby referred to the contentious case of Owens v Owens, in which a woman in her 60s was refused a divorce from her…

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Judges ‘need more scrutiny’ says Sir James

March 16, 2018 5 comments

family law

Judges would benefit from greater public scrutiny, the President of the Family Division has suggested. Speaking at an event on social media and the family courts earlier this week, Sir James Munby claimed modern judges are prone to making mistakes because they are “grotesquely overworked” and “tired”. One solution to this problem, he suggested, would…

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Contact between sperm donor and son allowed to proceed

March 13, 2018 0 comments

family life

The case concerned a Child Arrangements Order made in June last year. A particular paragraph within this order allowed the sperm donor to a same sex couple, referred to as ‘Brian’ – to visit their four year-old son several times a year. The donor’s parents would also be entitled to visit the boy twice a…

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A few thoughts on the domestic abuse consultation

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March 13, 2018 1 comment

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“Through this Bill I want to fundamentally change the way we as a country think about domestic abuse, recognising that it is a crime that comes in many forms – physical, emotional, economic. This is about creating a society that protects individuals and families at the earliest opportunity, before such abuse has a chance to…

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