Male primary school teachers ‘heading for extinction’

September 18, 2017 1 comment

education

The number of male teachers in Australia is now so low they may disappear from primary schools altogether within 50 years, new research suggests. A long-term analysis of male teacher numbers was conducted by researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney. They identified a sharp fall in the percentage of men in the classroom over the…

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Common sense drowns in a sea of guidance

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September 18, 2017 1 comment

family law

I am old school. I admit it. I first studied law in 1976. I first practised law in 1980, and I first practised family law in 1983. I am a dinosaur awaiting extinction. Back in those dim and distant days I don’t recall that there was much in the way of guidance for family lawyers,…

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New High Court Judge appointed to the Family Division

September 18, 2017 0 comments

family law

QC David Basil Williams has been appointed to the Family Division of the High Court. The veteran barrister will become the Honourable Mr Justice Williams on 2 October. Currently with the central London family law set 4 Paper Buildings (‘4PB’), he was first called to the Bar in 1990 and became a QC four years…

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Divorce in China climbs for 14th year in a row

September 14, 2017 0 comments

divorce

China is set to see its highest ever number of divorces for the 14th year in a row, The Beijinger reports, with the nation’s capital right at the top of the list. Inhabitants of the metropolis once known as Peking now divorce at a rate of 39 per one hundred marriages, according to the Ministry…

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CPS acknowledges male victims of domestic violence

September 12, 2017 23 comments

domestic violence

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has acknowledged male victims of domestic violence for the first time, with the publication of new guidance. This declares unequivocally that male victims of abuse and violence by their partners deserve specific consideration by the authorities, as is already the case for LGBT or ethnic minority victims. It acknowledges the…

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Lord Chief Justice takes stock in pre-retirement report

September 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas has published his final annual report a few weeks before he is due to retire. The report cites a sharp rise in demand for ‘public law’ – i.e. cases concerning the relationship between individuals and the state: typically (but not exclusively) fostering and adoption. There has also been a fall…

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Litigants in person, pre-acquired assets and more

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September 8, 2017 3 comments

family law

A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The government’s support for litigants in person in the family courts has been “sadly inadequate” up until now, the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said. Writing the foreword to the latest edition of The Family Court without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person,…

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Some comments on dealing with parental alienation

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September 7, 2017 21 comments

family law

The Roman Emperor Tiberius may have said that power has no limits, but he clearly wasn’t referring to the family justice system. Judges may have been granted certain powers, but, as I explained here on Monday, those powers certainly have limits, in particular when it comes to dealing with unreasonable behaviour by parties to family…

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