Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 14 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation. Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious…

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Senior judiciary urge divorce law reform

November 17, 2017 2 comments

family law

Senior judicial figures have called for major reforms to the family law system. The legal grandees include former Family Division President Baroness Butler-Sloss, retired High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, and legal academic Baroness Deech. Sir Paul is the founder of campaign group the Marriage Foundation. He said: “We must urgently do something about the…

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Multinational families ‘must be protected after Brexit’

November 16, 2017 4 comments

family law

The currently stalled Brexit negotiations risk the future of thousands of families according to a new report. Jointly produced by the Family Law Bar Association, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and Resolution , the report addresses the implications for family law of Britain’s exit from the European Union. A network of legal agreements currently…

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Surge in private family disputes

November 13, 2017 7 comments

family law

The number of family disputes involving children referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) jumped by 16 per cent last month, when compared to 2016. The total of 3,916 referrals is the highest number of referrals in a single month since October 2013. Cafcass received 40,571 referrals regarding private disputes…

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Children in need, fraudulent petitions and more

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November 10, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has dismissed media concerns over their decision to place a child in the care of a Muslim foster family, following an investigation by a senior social worker from the council. The allegations, which were made in the national press, included that the child had…

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Cohabiting couples ‘second largest family type’

November 10, 2017 0 comments

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Cohabiting couples are now the second largest family type in the UK, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. In a newly published analysis of current social trends, the ONS notes that couples who live together without getting married have also become the fastest growing family type. According to the report, there are now…

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