PD12J: When the facts don’t fit the narrative

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October 2, 2017 5 comments

family law, media, news

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” ― Mark Twain It is, I suppose, unarguable that “New guidance on child contact says courts must not allow abusive parents to have contact with their children” makes a rather more eye-catching headline than “New guidance on child contact in cases where abuse…

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26,000 seek domestic abuse advice from the BBC

December 30, 2016 1 comment

domestic violence

The BBC Action Line service received 1,350 calls about domestic abuse during 2016, with a further 24,400 visiting BBC web pages on the topic the broadcaster has announced. Action Line offers “information and support for issues covered in our recent programmes”. Viewers are invited to phone in following dramas and documentaries highlighting sensitive and potentially…

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Divorce lawyer drama coming to BBC

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August 25, 2016 6 comments

family law

A new drama about the work and lives of divorce lawyers has been greenlit by the BBC. The six-part series will be called The Split. Set in London, the focus of the show will be three sisters, two of whom are successful divorce lawyers but work for competing firms. As the series goes on these…

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Leading foster charity denies ‘golden hellos’ claim

August 12, 2016 1 comment

One of the UK’s largest fostering charities has insisted that it does not offer council-trained carers ‘golden hellos’. A recent BBC report suggested that foster carers are offered financial incentives of up to £3,000 to sign on with private fostering agencies after their training has been funded by their local councils. The Association of Directors…

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Gary Lineker and the cost of divorce

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April 26, 2016 34 comments

family law

Cheeky Chappy, Jack the Lad, potato crisp promoter and everybody’s best friend, BBC Sports presenter Gary Lineker has been making headlines recently and not just for his pledge to present Match of the Day in his underpants if Leicester City win the Premier League this season. No, the Lineker-related news item that grabbed my attention…

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‘Missing mum’ hands herself in

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June 15, 2015 8 comments

Stowe Family Law

By now, I’m sure you will have heard about the sad story of Rebecca Minnock. She is the mother who took her three year-old son Ethan into hiding after a court had ordered that he live with his father. The case has been the centre of a media frenzy and on Friday, the next chapter…

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Reaching a conclusion from the wrong direction

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November 11, 2014 4 comments

family law

The issue of McKenzie Friends, particularly those who charge for their services, is back in the news. On Monday the BBC ran a story on the subject, written by their legal correspondent Clive Coleman. It is generally a well-written piece, giving a balanced view of the subject, including the pros and cons of McKenzie Friends. In…

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