Bulgarian man wins ECHR paternity case

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April 9, 2018 2 comments

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A law that required him to pay maintenance for child that was not his breached his human rights. In this country, and no doubt in many others, there is a presumption that a man married to a child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth is the father of the child. This has the…

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Gender stereotypes ‘influence court rulings’

April 5, 2018 2 comments

family law

Judges are influenced by their attitude to traditional gender roles when ruling on family cases, researchers have claimed. In a newly published study they compared the responses of more than 500 US judges from a single (but unidentified) state, and an equal number of civilians. The gender breakdown of the judges was 68 per cent…

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Cafcass rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

April 3, 2018 4 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – Cafcass – has been rated ‘outstanding’ by government inspectorate Ofsted. Ofsted praised the service, which intervenes in court cases concerning children, for “listening to children, understanding their world and acting on their views” and for its “exceptional [and] aspirational” leadership. At its previous inspection in…

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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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