Costs, pensions, domestic violence and more

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March 2, 2018 1 comment

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A week in family law The Arctic weather conditions across the country may have grabbed the headlines this week, but there were also a few significant family law news stories… First up, a mother is facing having to pay a costs bill approaching £20,000, after successfully challenging an order made in care proceedings relating to…

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Family Division President warns against hasty proceedings

January 22, 2018 5 comments

children, family law

Local authorities must give more thought to whether or not care proceedings are really necessary, Britain’s most senior family law judge declared in a recent ruling. The case concerned the parents of a four year-old boy, referred to as ‘AB’, who suffers from a “life-limiting” brain disorder. In February of last year, their local authority…

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Runaway mother found in Spain with daughter

January 15, 2018 1 comment

family law

British mother Jessica Richards has been found in Spain with her four year-old daughter Elliana Shand. She had disappeared with Elliana the previous summer. The little girl had been the subject of care proceedings by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham due to her mother’s schizophrenia. Following their disappearance, Mr Justice Hayden announced that…

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A personal review of the year, part 2

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December 21, 2017 0 comments

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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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Toddler removed from mother to protect her from father

December 14, 2017 0 comments

surrogacy

A young mother who has already lost two children has now had her third taken into care to protect her from the father. Her first child died from pneumonia and the second in uncertain circumstances while being looked after by the father. In September last year, the couple’s third child, a girl referred to as…

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Daughter of drug addict to live with family member

November 21, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A toddler abandoned by her drug addict mother should live with a relative and her husband, the Family Court has ruled. The little girl was referred to as ‘X’ in court rulings. She had spent much of her life in foster care, until ‘Y’, an extended family member, took on her care under an interim…

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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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Council ‘cannot force the removal of protest petition’

August 2, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

Southend Borough Council’s attempts to have a petition protesting care plans removed from the Internet amounted to interference with the parents’ right to freedom of expression a High Court Judge has ruled. The children’s mother was opposed to plans to have her two youngest children taken into care and placed for adoption. Her petition originally…

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