Senior Family Judge launches new court

July 17, 2015 0 comments

family law

His Honour Judge John Altman has launched a new form of family court, termed the Family Solutions Court. Judge Altman is the Designated Family Judge for London at the recently unified Central Family Court in Holborn in the centre of the capital. The new Family Solutions Court, spread across a floor of the Holborn complex,…

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Father wins appeal against denial of contact

July 15, 2015 5 comments

family life

A father has won his appeal against the suspension of all contact between him and his five year-old daughter. In T (A Child), the girl in question, referred to as ‘E’, was born in December 2009. In his Appeal Court judgement, Mr Justice Cobb noted that she had been “been the subject of family law…

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Court extends barring order in bitter family dispute

May 7, 2015 1 comment

family life

A family court has imposed a new barring order on a warring ex-couple. Barring orders, technically termed ’section 91 (14)’ orders, are issued under the Children Act 1989 when embittered parents disrupt their children’s lives by engaging in repeated litigation. They prohibit the person named in the order from applying for court orders regarding their…

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Many child contact centres closing down

January 21, 2015 0 comments

family life

In excess of 40 child contact centres have closed over the last year and a half, a charity has claimed. Child contact centres provide a neutral venue in which children with parents who cannot agree on access can see their absent father or mother. According to membership body the National Association for Child Contact Centres…

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The importance of contact centres

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December 10, 2014 2 comments

child contact, family law

One of my first posts on Marilyn Stowe’s Family Law & Divorce Blog related to child contact centres. As I explained there, contact centres operate around the country to provide a neutral, safe environment for children to maintain a relationship with a non resident parent after separation. They are, in my view, an essential part…

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