Divorce linked to mental illness in children

January 15, 2018 5 comments

family life

15Divorce has been linked to higher rates of mental illness among children from Caucasian families. A team of researchers from University College London and the nearby Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families polled 30,000 children between the ages of 11 and 14, in the largest survey of children’s mental health conducted to date….

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Joint report examines children’s welfare following Brexit

December 20, 2017 0 comments

family life

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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Memories of family cases at Somerset House

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December 7, 2017 1 comment

divorce

Whilst reading a piece of news the other day (more of which in a moment) I was reminded of when I used to be a regular visitor to the Divorce Registry at Somerset House. Given that the central courtyard at Somerset House is currently hosting its annual ice skating rink, the event for which the…

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Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 14 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation. Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious…

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‘Cold father’ harmed daughter, Judge concludes

November 14, 2017 0 comments

family life

A young father twice prevented his baby daughter from breathing, a family court judge has concluded. The case concerned a toddler referred to as ‘L’, who was born in May last year. In September and October, she suffered two alarming episodes during which she stopped breathing and required resuscitation. The local authority suspected the father…

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Government considers unaccompanied refugee children

November 7, 2017 1 comment

children in care

The government has announced a new strategy for dealing with unaccompanied refugee children. In a joint initiative by the Home Office and the Department for Education, specialist training will be made available for around 1,000 social workers and foster carers around the country, designed to help them deal with the challenges posed by often traumatised…

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German parents in court over baby name

November 2, 2017 0 comments

family law

A German couple has decided to change the name of their baby after a closed door court hearing. The couple, from Kassel in central Germany, tried to register their newborn son as ‘Lucifer’ but were prevented from doing so by an official in the local registry office. Under German law, a baby’s name can be…

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The costs of unreasonable conduct in children cases

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October 18, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

The general rule on costs in English law is that the loser should pay the winner’s costs (lawyers refer to this rule as ‘costs follow the event’). However, that rule does not usually apply to family proceedings, in particular proceedings relating to children, because it is not considered appropriate to discourage family litigants from going…

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Social workers are ‘firefighting’ serious cases

October 16, 2017 0 comments

family law

Social workers are overwhelmed and struggling to meet demand for their services, a high profile academic has claimed. Professor Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University. Speaking at a social care conference in Bournemouth, he claimed: “What I am hearing from social workers is that they are having to spend most…

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