BBC One’s ‘The Split’ vs reality

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April 26, 2018 5 comments

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At 9:00pm on a Tuesday evening, after eight hours in Court, what could possibly make a family lawyer sit down to watch a BCC drama about divorce and divorce lawyers? Because last night that’s exactly what I did, watching the first of six episodes of “The Split”. “Coals to Newcastle” and “Busman’s holiday” and similar…

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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

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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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Joint report examines children’s welfare following Brexit

December 20, 2017 0 comments

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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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Care cases, an international divorce, and more

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November 17, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A local authority involved in a child guardianship case can be identified, a judge has ordered. In the case none of the parties involved were originally identified, but the child’s grandmother, in favour of whom Circuit Judge Stephen Wildblood QC had made a special guardianship order, wanted to make a…

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Multinational families ‘must be protected after Brexit’

November 16, 2017 4 comments

family law

The currently stalled Brexit negotiations risk the future of thousands of families according to a new report. Jointly produced by the Family Law Bar Association, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and Resolution , the report addresses the implications for family law of Britain’s exit from the European Union. A network of legal agreements currently…

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Lord Chief Justice takes stock in pre-retirement report

September 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas has published his final annual report a few weeks before he is due to retire. The report cites a sharp rise in demand for ‘public law’ – i.e. cases concerning the relationship between individuals and the state: typically (but not exclusively) fostering and adoption. There has also been a fall…

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Child privacy, Brexit and more

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August 25, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW A report concerning the impact of broadcast and social media on the privacy and best interests of young children has been published by the University of Winchester. Amongst eight recommendations, the report calls for young children to have an independent right to privacy, which is not dependent on what their…

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