News: judge halts adoption for medical reports

September 21, 2012 0 comments

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An appeal court judge has temporarily halted adoption proceedings after hearing that a case of suspected child abuse may in fact have been caused by rickets. Lord Justice McFarlane called for medical reports after that hearing that the broken bones which had led authorities to suspect child abuse could have been caused by the soft…

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News: Government consults on plans to accelerate adoption

September 19, 2012 0 comments

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The Department for Education has launched a consultation on measures designed to speed up and simplify the adoption and fostering process in order to  encourage more people to participate. The proposed measures include elimination of the existing legal requirement for previously approved adopters or foster carers to undergo a criminal records check if they wish…

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News: US singer discusses child custody victory

September 19, 2012 0 comments

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US R&B singer and actor Usher has spoken on national television about his recent success in a child custody dispute with ex-wife Tameka Foster. The 33-year old performer was awarded primary custody of the couple’s two sons – four-year old Ussher Raymond V and three-year old Naviyd Ely Raymond – on August 24. During lengthy…

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News: US actresses embroiled in international custody disputes

September 18, 2012 0 comments

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High profile US actresses Halle Berry, 46, and Kelly Rutherford, 43, are both currently embroiled in international custody disputes with former partners. Berry, famous for her roles in Die Another Day, Monster’s Ball and X-Men, has expressed an interest in moving to France with her current partner, French actor Olivier Martinez, and her four-year old…

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News: Down’s syndrome family sue NHS Trust

September 13, 2012 1 comment

The family of a 51-year old Down’s Syndrome man has begun legal proceedings on his behalf against an NHS Trust which issued a ‘do not resuscitate’ order citing his disability. The order was issued during the man’s stay in a Margate hospital a year ago. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has denied claims…

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News: Save the Children details UK child poverty

September 12, 2012 0 comments

Around 3.5 million British children now live in poverty, according to a new report by international campaigners Save The Children. The report – Child Poverty in 2012: It Shouldn’t Happen Here – cites a stagnant job market, government spending cuts, low wages and the rising cost of living. It predicts that the number of children…

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The right to know

September 8, 2012 1 comment

Domestic violence is a nasty crime, one that shatters the sense of safety we all need to feel when at home. It is also a gross abuse of the trust and openness at the heart of family relationships. Many of us,  when we hear about a particular case will wonder ‘why?’ What motivates a person…

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Turkey trouble

September 7, 2012 2 comments

I was very intrigued by the story in this week’s papers about the complex disputes which have rumbled around the estate of late Turkey tycoon Bernard Matthews since his death in 2010. It seemed likely that the press reports were not presenting a full picture of the situation, so I have asked Principal Trainee Solicitor…

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Two’s company, three’s a crowd

September 4, 2012 7 comments

Have you ever been to a wedding where the cake was decorated with figurines of the happy couple? In their plasticky  way those figures perfectly represent most people’s idea of marriage: one man, one woman and  kids on the way. Perhaps in a year or two, that image will be joined by one of two…

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