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Troubled autistic boy can be left in care home court rules

December 22, 2017 0 comments

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Restrictions placed on an 11 year-old living in a residential care home are lawful, a family court has declared. The boy was placed in a special residential home earlier this year after social workers became concerned that his mother was neglecting him and could not cope with his disabilities. ‘B’ has a form of autism,…

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Paternity pay rates considered in court

December 22, 2017 1 comment

maternity leave

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 2

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December 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

This continues my personal review of 2017. (The first part, covering the January to April, can be found in my post here yesterday). May: crazy My story choices for May are all about finances, the first two both about the extraordinary sums of money divorcing couples are prepared to spend arguing over who has what….

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Transgender row should be reheard Court of Appeal rules

December 21, 2017 0 comments

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The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. She left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife has refused to let the transgender woman see their…

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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 5 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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Law Commission to examine surrogacy law

December 18, 2017 1 comment

The Law Commission is to examine the current law on surrogacy in England and Wales. The Commission was established in 1965 to keep English law under ongoing review and to recommend reform where necessary. It undertakes regular ‘programmes of law reform’ in which the commissioners consult on which areas to examine next, and then submit…

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