Councils rushing adoptions, say judges

November 19, 2012 0 comments

High court judges have criticised local authorities for attempting to push through adoptions prematurely, according to the a report in The Guardian. The paper claims to have been evidence of judges expressing concern about the rushed adoption of children ‘flourishing’ in long term foster care who wished to remain with their foster families. In some…

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European Court of Human Rights rules on transsexual case

November 16, 2012 1 comment

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a law which would make the marriage of a post-operative transsexual invalid if she officially registered her new gender did not violate her rights under the European Convention. In the case of H v Finland, H was a married male-to-female transsexual from Finland who had undergone…

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Care system ‘risk averse’ says Fostering Network

November 14, 2012 0 comments

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The care system has become too risk averse and “overly protective”, claims charity the Fostering Network. Speaking at the Fostering Network’s annual conference yesterday, Chief Executive Robert Tapsfield said current bans on making decisions for children prevented foster carers from using their own discrimination and judgement in everyday situations: “Ensuring fostered children are safe is…

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Appeal court attacks big money payouts

November 12, 2012 0 comments

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The Court of Appeal has made a forthright contribution to the ongoing debate about needs and non-matrimonial property following divorce by saying wives can no longer automatically expect large payouts in divorce cases and criticising the concept of ‘needs’ in such settlements. Commenting on the case of multi-millionaire hotelier Andrew Morris Davies, Lord Justice Thorpe…

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International body concerned about divorce system in Jamaica

November 12, 2012 1 comment

UN body the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women expressed concern about the divorce system in Jamaica during a recent meeting with policymakers from the island in New York. The Committee said it was worried by: “…the complicated procedures for divorce within the state, which provides that the parties must be married for…

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Education secretary Michael Gove calls for more adopters

November 12, 2012 0 comments

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Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has called for more adopters as the government introduces draft legislation designed to speed up the adoption process. New figures reveal there are more than 4200 children available for adoption in the UK, a figure which has risen by 650 in each of the last two years. The…

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26 weeks for family law cases ‘inadequate’, say lawyers

November 11, 2012 1 comment

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The 26 week time limit for family law cases proposed by  Mr Justice Ryder earlier this year is “inadequate”, say leading law  groups. Representatives of the Law Society, the Family Law Bar Association and the Association of Lawyers for Children told the justice committee was unsuitable for most cases and could represent a “potentially unlawful…

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Ireland to proceed with children’s rights referendum

November 9, 2012 0 comments

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The Republic of  Ireland is to press ahead with a referendum on a proposed change to the Constitution of Ireland in favour of  children’s rights. The referendum will be held tomorrow (November 10) in spite of a ruling in the Irish Supreme Court yesterday (November 8) that the wording of a website set up to…

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