Video guides to life as a judge

November 8, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Court and Tribunals Judiciary has published a series of video guides to life as a High Court Judge. The seven short films feature ‘behind the scenes’ interviews with judges in different branches of the High Court, discussing key elements of the role, including a typical day, the pressures of the job, available support and…

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Government considers unaccompanied refugee children

November 7, 2017 1 comment

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The government has announced a new strategy for dealing with unaccompanied refugee children. In a joint initiative by the Home Office and the Department for Education, specialist training will be made available for around 1,000 social workers and foster carers around the country, designed to help them deal with the challenges posed by often traumatised…

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Ability to earn does not mean no maintenance says court

November 6, 2017 0 comments

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The ability to earn money does not mean a divorced wife has no right to maintenance payments from her ex-husband, the High Court of Mumbai has declared. Justices there were considering the case of an architect living in the Indian metropolis, who wanted to divorce her husband, who lives in Sweden with their two children….

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Government reports on progress towards Istanbul Convention

November 6, 2017 2 comments

family law

A “landmark” domestic violence bill is in development the Home Office has announced, in a new report setting out its progress towards ratification of the so-called ‘Istanbul Convention’. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence received its more familiar nickname after it was formally launched in the…

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Mother has domestic abuse findings reopened

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November 2, 2017 2 comments

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It is a feature of family law that certain events can lead to proceedings in both the civil and criminal courts. What happens if the two courts make different findings in relation to the same event? That, essentially (subject to what I say below), was what happened in the recent High Court case Re LG…

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Chief Rabbi rejects divorce refuser

October 29, 2017 3 comments

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The Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, is reported to have rejected a candidate for the post of judge in the rabbinical courts because he had previously refused to grant his wife a divorce. The traditional Jewish divorce procedure requires a husband to give his wife a get, a formal divorce document. This contains the…

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