Sikh couple seek declaration after adoption refusal

June 27, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A British Sikh couple have launched legal proceedings  after they were turned away by an adoption agency due to their ethnic background. Following unsuccessful fertility treatment, Sandeep and Reena Mander had applied to adopt a child. But they were told by the agency Adopt Berkshire that the only children available for adoption in their region…

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Step parents and the law: Marilyn Stowe talks

July 20, 2016 12 comments

Marilyn Stowe

Earlier today I appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discuss the legal status of step parents. Life as a step parent can be very challenging: get it even slightly wrong and you could face resentment from all quarters: from your spouse, from the children’s other biological parent and of course, from the children…

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A year in children’s law

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December 31, 2015 1 comment

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As we head towards the end of 2015 now is an appropriate time to reflect on developments in the ever changing landscape of family law over the last 12 months. The Children and Families Act 2014 has now been in force for some 20 months and practitioners and their clients have had a chance to…

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Wales leads the way in reducing care case times

December 22, 2015 1 comment

children in care

The majority of care cases in Welsh courts are now completed within the 26 week timetable introduced by the Children and Families Act. The average timeframe for care cases in Welsh courts dropped to 24.9 weeks, Cafcass Cymru reports in its newly published annual report. In 2012 the average completion time was close to 57…

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More children being fostered by friends

December 11, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

More than 4,000 English children were fostered by family and friends in the 12 months to March – an increase of six per cent over the previous year. According to a new report from inspectorate Ofsted, the total number of children and teenagers in foster care also increased over the same period, by two per…

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Lessons from an acrimonious children dispute

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December 3, 2015 6 comments

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On Sunday two men scaled the roof of a building at Buckingham Palace in a protest over fathers’ rights. They were protesting in particular about the way in which, as they see it, the family justice system encourages parents to turn their children against the other parent. It is easy to imagine that one of…

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1000% increase in foster children staying on

August 25, 2015 0 comments

family life

The number of children who remain with their foster families beyond their 18th birthdays has increased by no less than 1,000 per cent, the government has announced. In excess of 2,300 children in care have chosen to stay on the since the introduction of the ‘staying put’ scheme in 2013. Incorporated into the Children and…

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Runaway mother faces contempt of court proceedings

June 23, 2015 12 comments

family law

A mother who generated national headlines when she went into hiding with her son in defiance of a court order now faces contempt of court proceedings. Rebecca Minnock, from Somerset, disappeared with her three year-old Ethan after a court ordered that he live with his father full time. This had followed her failure to cooperate…

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