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Mr Justice Ryder proposes to overhaul our family courts

July 31, 2012 6 comments

Mr Justice Ryder

Today Mr Justice Ryder published his proposals for the modernisation of family justice. His aims: to improve the “workings” of family courts, and change the culture of family courts for children, families, judges, lawyers, social workers, Cafcass and social workers. Mr Justice Ryder was appointed to this task in November 2011, following the publication of…

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A question of timing

July 25, 2012 4 comments

parental alienation

Did you know that this family law and divorce blog is nearly five years old? To date, 2012 has been another bumper year for visitors and I remain grateful to all those readers, new and old, who take the time to visit and comment. This blog wouldn’t be what it is without you. Family law…

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Summer Competition 2012: A Family Affair

July 23, 2012 10 comments

kandinsky black & violet

Readers will remember that last year I ran a summer competition. There were plenty of entries from readers, along with dozens of comments and some good debates. So here’s a competition for summer 2012. To enter: I’d simply like to hear your thoughts about the next steps for the fictitious family, featured below. It is…

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Mr Justice Mostyn does not deserve this

July 18, 2012 6 comments

I have always thought that disputes between divorcing couples should be heard in the strictest privacy. Dirty linen should never be washed in public. Thankfully, most people do escape the attention of the press – but not everyone is so lucky. We have all read about unknown couples whose cases reach the Court of Appeal…

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“Mum is implacably hostile” By guest blogger DT.

July 16, 2012 46 comments

How often have you heard this phrase? If you’re a lawyer or some other professional involved in intractable contact matters, probably quite a lot. If you’re a parent (probably a dad) you may have first hand experience of the phenomena. Although either parent, or indeed both parents can be implacably hostile, the term is usually…

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Justice by gimmick (From Solicitors Journal)

July 13, 2012 6 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 10/07/2012. Instead of developing a ‘divorce by app’ scheme the government should consider allowing ‘no-win, no-fee’ 
in family cases, says 
Marilyn Stowe It has finally happened. After a slow and agonising demise legal aid has met its end at the hands of the coalition. Access to justice, one of…

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