Edward Timpson begins new period as Children’s Minister

May 13, 2015 1 comment

Conservative MP Edward Timpson has been re-appointed to the position of Children’s Minister. The 41 year-old retained his seat as MP for Crewe and Nantwich with a reduced majority in last week’s General Election. Mr Timpson was originally appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Education in September 2012, following the departure…

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26 week time limit ‘unlikely’ for all care cases

March 28, 2015 2 comments

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The 26 week time limit introduced last year for care cases is unlikely to ever be achievable in all instances, the Ministry of Justice has admitted. The requirement that cases involving the placement of children in care be concluded within 26 weeks was introduced via the Children and Families Act in April 2014 in order…

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Government ‘reluctant’ to help children in care, MPs claim

March 12, 2015 1 comment

family law

The Department for Education shows an “alarming reluctance” to become actively involved in promoting the welfare of children in care, MPs have claimed. In a newly published report, the Commons Public Accounts Committee insists that the Department for Education’s (DoE) legislative responsibilities in relation to children in care and local authorities mean it is “clearly…

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2014 review part 1: a new beginning

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December 22, 2014 1 comment

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It has been a momentous year for family law. I could not possibly review all that has occurred in one post, but I shall try to keep things as succinct as possible, confining myself to just three posts, rather than the six I used to summarise last year’s events. The year began with the government…

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Divorce and children: your questions answered

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December 14, 2014 5 comments

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Mark Christie is head of the Children’s Department here at Stowe Family Law. Here he answers some of the many questions about children that have brought visitors to the blog over the last few weeks.   My ex-husband refuses to pay child support and he lives in Italy. What can I do? Unfortunately, as your ex-husband lives outside England…

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Young people’s rights are neglected, youth organisations claim

December 9, 2014 0 comments

family life

Public organisations frequently ignore and neglect the rights of young people, two youth organisations have claimed. The government must give vulnerable young people better access to information and advice on their rights, JustRights and Youth Access declared in a new manifesto and petition. The manifesto, entitled Make Our Rights Reality, calls on public sector organisations…

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Sir James talks to Families Need Fathers

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December 9, 2014 1 comment

Families Need Fathers

I have been reading the speech that the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby gave to fathers’ rights group Families Need Fathers on the 16th of November. I did not find anything new or particularly profound in the speech, but there were some things of note. I don’t propose here to summarise the…

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