Is divorce a sign of failure?

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December 5, 2017 2 comments

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In this post I’m going to step into waters that I don’t usually traverse. I know that some family lawyers regularly discuss the ‘non-legal’ aspects of divorce: the practical, emotional and psychological impact it has on those going through it. Marilyn Stowe was particularly good at it – her book Divorce & Splitting Up, for…

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Attorney fails to have gift to wife ratified

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December 4, 2017 0 comments

I’ll begin this post by stating the obvious: an attorney for a person who is incapable of managing their affairs is in a very special position. They are entrusted with looking after the interests of another person. As such, of course, they must at all times whilst acting as an attorney put the interests of…

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Council control could see thousands of refuges closed

November 29, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

Government plans to give local councils sole control over housing funds could lead to thousands of domestic violence refuges closing, Women’s Aid has claimed. Currently housing benefit provides shelters for female domestic violence (DV) victims with their primary source of income. Like all benefits, it is paid by the government directly to the individual recipient….

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Convicted sex abuser ‘still has parental rights’

November 25, 2017 0 comments

family law

A Welsh man convicted of sexually abusing his children still has parental rights despite being in jail, the BBC has reported. He recently tried to prevent the mother and children from taking a holiday in Menorca on the grounds that he had not given his permission. The mother has now launched a campaign to change…

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11% of teen girls say they’ve seen domestic abuse

November 24, 2017 0 comments

family life

Eleven per cent of teenage girls aged between 16 and 19 say they have experienced domestic abuse, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported, making that age group the one most likely to be targeted. Seven per cent of boys also report abuse, the ONS notes in a new bulletin collating government, Police and…

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Fighting to see your grandchildren?

November 19, 2017 4 comments

family life

When someone becomes a grandparent, it’s generally a very happy event and nobody expects to one day find themselves fighting to even see the adorable kids in question. But sadly for all concerned – not least the children themselves – grandparents can and do find themselves shut out. If their son or daughter splits up…

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Domestic abuse may overshadow other risks to children

November 15, 2017 2 comments

family life

Domestic violence in the home may overshadow other serious risks to children a new Cafcass report suggests. The court service examined the details of 97 serious case reviews. These are conducted following the death of vulnerable children or when such youngsters experience serious harm. The researchers found that having parents prone to outbursts of domestic…

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‘Cold father’ harmed daughter, Judge concludes

November 14, 2017 0 comments

family life

A young father twice prevented his baby daughter from breathing, a family court judge has concluded. The case concerned a toddler referred to as ‘L’, who was born in May last year. In September and October, she suffered two alarming episodes during which she stopped breathing and required resuscitation. The local authority suspected the father…

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