Care system linked to crime

October 23, 2017 5 comments

family life

Children who are exposed to the care system at a young age are more likely to become involved in crime as teenagers, government research has found. A new analysis by the Ministry of Justice cross-references youngsters who were the subject of welfare interventions by social workers while young with those whose names later ended up…

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Abuse allegations in bitter dispute thrown out

October 17, 2017 3 comments

family life

Allegations of abuse made by a bitter mother and daughter against  the father were untrue, a Family Court judge has ruled. The case concerned a brother and sister, now aged ten and seven. The parents were married but split up shortly after Christmas last year, when the mother took the children with her and moved…

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A tax allowance, civil partnerships, and more

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September 29, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said that lawyers should embrace technology, as people increasingly expect to access services online. Speaking at the inaugural conference of YRes, Resolution’s network of family law professionals at the start of their careers, the President, whilst acknowledging that not every…

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Over a quarter of adopted families ‘in crisis’

September 26, 2017 4 comments

domestic violence, family law

More than a quarter of adoptive families consider themselves to be ‘in crisis’ according to new research. Nearly 3,000 subscribers to a newsletter published by the charity Adoption UK responded to questions from Radio 4 documentary programme File On 4, for an episode due for broadcast tonight (September 26). Over 25 per cent reported major…

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Judge asks: why wasn’t court money spent on therapy?

September 19, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has questioned a local authority’s decision to spend money on care proceedings for the second child born to a vulnerable mother rather than offer her therapy. The case concerned a five month-old baby girl who had been placed with a foster family under a temporary care order. The same family had…

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140,000 children face abuse or neglect risk

August 14, 2017 4 comments

family law

As many as 140,000 children could miss out on support after being abused or neglected as a result of cuts to local authorities. Many councils now do not have the financial resources to intervene every time they receive reports of vulnerable children from teachers, police or doctors, according to recently published figures. Charity Action for…

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Witnessing child abuse exempts you from CMS fee

August 4, 2017 9 comments

family law

Single parents who apply to the Child Maintenance Service for financial assistance will no longer have to pay the £20 fee if they can demonstrate that they witnessed the abuse of their children. The Department for Work and Pensions has amended its rules to include seeing child abuse committed by a current or former partner…

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Ex-wife jailed for contempt after defaming husband

July 6, 2017 8 comments

divorce

The former wife of a Methodist Minister has been jailed for contempt of court after repeatedly accusing him of abuse. The case dated back as far as 2001, when the divorced couple disputed the father’s rights to see his daughter. In the High Court Mr Justice Hayden noted, the father’s wish to see his children…

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