Can a parent be forced to see their child?

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March 23, 2017 5 comments

In the course of a Twitter conversation I was watching (but not participating in) the other day one of the tweeters made the point that the family courts can force a ‘custodial’ parent to make the child available for contact, but cannot force a non-custodial parent to have contact with the child. It is an…

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Girl must be brought back to England, court rules

March 23, 2017 0 comments

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The mother of a primary school pupil has been refused permission to appeal against an order that she must be returned to England from Northern Ireland. In AH v DT, the parents had a two year relationship which ended in 2014, following the birth of a daughter, ‘E’. The situation then became acrimonious. The mother…

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Royal Tunbridge Wellis is ‘Britain’s most adulterous town’

March 23, 2017 1 comment

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Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent is Britain’s most adulterous town according to new findings. More than two per cent of the inhabitants of this affluent commuter belt town – 1,146 individuals in total – are currently engaged in affairs, according to the so-called ‘Infidelity Index’. Compiled by cross-referencing postcode data with membership details from an…

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Dads ‘afraid to ask for child-friendly hours’

March 22, 2017 0 comments

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Many fathers fear they would be penalised by their employers if they asked for flexible, child-friendly working hours MPs have suggested. The parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee has launched an enquriy into attitudes towards fathers at work and began taking evidence on the issue today (Wednesday 22 March). The enquiry was prompted by research showing…

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Family law and the ‘non-conventional’ family

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March 21, 2017 7 comments

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What is a ‘family’? It’s a fundamental question, and one to which I suspect most people would expect a family lawyer to know the answer. However, I doubt whether many people, lawyers or not, even consider the question. To most a family (as against an ‘extended family’) consists of a mother, a father and their…

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Vulnerable pupils threatened by funding cuts

March 20, 2017 0 comments

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The welfare of vulnerable school pupils is threatened by school funding cuts according to the Local Government Association (LGA). The government has insisted on a £600 million reduction in the annual education services grant, which is used to fund child protection measures in schools as well as special support for vulnerable pupils. As a result…

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Supreme Court to rule on care conflict

March 17, 2017 0 comments

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The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict next week on dispute regarding the funding of visits to a disabled man. N v ACCG and others concerns ‘MN’, a man in his 20s who suffers from “profound disabilities” and lacks capacity to make his own decisions or take his own legal action. He has lived in…

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Parents live longer than childless adults

March 15, 2017 1 comment

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Having children can lead to a longer life, according to a new study. Research from medical university the Karolinska Institute in south-east Sweden suggests that among older people, those with children have a higher life expectancy than their childless peers. Led by assistant professor Dr Karin Modig, the researchers used data from the national registry…

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Parents: Brexit will leave children worse off

March 13, 2017 5 comments

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Almost half of British parents believe that the UK’s departure from the European Union will leave their children worse off than previous generations. In a survey conducted by polling organisation YouGov 47 per cent of parents think their children will be disadvantaged as a result of Brexit. By contrast, less than a third believed leaving…

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