Tax-free childcare for children under nine

January 25, 2018 0 comments

childcare

HM Revenue and Customs has expanded its tax-free childcare scheme to parents of children aged nine or under. The scheme, which only launched last year, provides parents of younger children with tax rebates on the cost of childcare: for every £8 paid by the parents, the government adds an extra £2, up to a maximum…

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Runaway mother found in Spain with daughter

January 15, 2018 1 comment

family law

British mother Jessica Richards has been found in Spain with her four year-old daughter Elliana Shand. She had disappeared with Elliana the previous summer. The little girl had been the subject of care proceedings by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham due to her mother’s schizophrenia. Following their disappearance, Mr Justice Hayden announced that…

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DWP publishes new guide to help for domestic abuse

January 8, 2018 11 comments

domestic violence

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a new guide to the services they provide for victims of domestic abuse. It outlines the different benefits available to those who need them, such as housing benefit, jobseekers’ allowance and discretionary housing payments. It also explains the rules concerning child maintenance. The guidance notes begins by…

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Mother banned from contact with daughter after abuse claims

January 3, 2018 2 comments

family life

A mother who repeatedly accused her ex-partner of sexual abusing their daughter has been banned from further contact with her. Sitting at the High Court, Ms Justice Russell noted that due to her “persistent and unsubstantiated” allegations, her four year-old daughter had had to endure multiple “intimate examinations” by doctors. The repeated claims had damaged…

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Paternity pay rates considered in court

December 22, 2017 1 comment

financial settlement

A claim that UK services company Capita discriminated against a new father has reached the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Madassar Ali’s wife developed postnatal depression after giving birth, and was encouraged to return to work as part of her recovery. This would mean Madassar becoming the stay-at-home parent for a period. The family hoped to take…

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A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

family law

In a (probably futile) attempt to make the traditional annual review of the year a little bit different, this year I am concentrating not so much on the big family law news stories, but rather the stories that I found of particular interest. Hopefully, this might make the review a little more interesting to the…

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500 new child protection investigations a day

December 20, 2017 6 comments

family life

Councils launched more than 500 new child welfare investigations a day last year according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA). The organisation represents 370 English and Welsh councils. it contrasts the figure with the situation ten years ago, when an average of just 200 investigations  a day were launched. LGA Chair Richard…

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Joint report examines children’s welfare following Brexit

December 20, 2017 0 comments

family life

A newly published report from leading children’s organisations examines the potential impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Entitled Making Brexit work for children, the report was jointly produced by six children’s welfare charities, including Barnardo’s and Coram, along with the University of Sheffield. It calls on the government to ensure that existing rights…

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Christmas family conflict

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

family life

As a legal practitioner here at Stowe Family Law LLP, specialising particularly in private cases involving children, I am always conscious at this time of the year that the Christmas period can be very difficult for some families: particularly if they are separated and the parents can’t agree on arrangements for their children over the…

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Toddler removed from mother to protect her from father

December 14, 2017 0 comments

surrogacy

A young mother who has already lost two children has now had her third taken into care to protect her from the father. Her first child died from pneumonia and the second in uncertain circumstances while being looked after by the father. In September last year, the couple’s third child, a girl referred to as…

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