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Father fails in bid to remove judge

August 14, 2017 4 comments

A father caught up in an acrimonious contact dispute has been refused permission to force the judge to leave the case. The parents in question married back in 2010 but separated three years later. Their daughter, ‘E’, was born in 2011, and after the divorce both parents initially shared care, with the father looking after…

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140,000 children face abuse or neglect risk

August 14, 2017 4 comments

family law

As many as 140,000 children could miss out on support after being abused or neglected as a result of cuts to local authorities. Many councils now do not have the financial resources to intervene every time they receive reports of vulnerable children from teachers, police or doctors, according to recently published figures. Charity Action for…

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Keeping secrets from parents?

August 13, 2017 1 comment

family law

It’s perfectly natural for children to keep secrets. Be it from their friends, their siblings or even their parents. Adults like to believe that their children will always be honest with them but a cursory look back at their own childhoods should make them realise that is not true. Though surely parents can tell when…

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Visiting friends ‘not grounds for divorce’

August 12, 2017 0 comments

divorce

An Indian husband has been denied a divorce on the grounds that his wife visited her friends and parents too frequently. The man had claimed her frequent absences constituted marital cruelty but this argument was rejected by the Mumbai High Court sitting in Nagpur, a major city in the central state of Maharashtra. Justices Vasanti…

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Adoption, child support, divorce and more

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August 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law Over £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children, the Department for Education has announced. The fund, which was launched across England in May 2015, has reached almost 18,000 homes, providing “much-needed emotional support”. Announcing the success of the fund, Minister for…

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Fertility clinic error caused ‘hurt and distress’

August 11, 2017 1 comment

family life

The female partner of a woman who gave birth to a child following fertility treatment is entitled a declaration of parenthood, the High Court has ruled. The couple in question lived together but were not married or in a civil partnership. They underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Nottingham regulated by the Human Fertilisation…

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Poorer men more likely to be single

August 11, 2017 5 comments

family law

Men who come from poor backgrounds are far more likely to be single than their more affluent peers. In 2012, more than one in three men who grew up poor lived alone when they reached their early 40s. By contrast, only one in seven men who came from a rich background did not have a…

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Supreme Court to consider maintenance payments

August 11, 2017 3 comments

finances and divorce

A divorced man told earlier this year that he had to support his ex-wife for life is to have his appeal considered by the Supreme Court. In February the Court of Appeal ruled that Graham Mills must increase the maintenance he pays he ex-wife to £1,441 per month, because “she was now unable to meet…

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