Council authorised to bury deceased child

May 25, 2017 2 comments

family law

A local authority has been given permission to bury the brother of a three year old girl in care after his parents refused to do so. The case concerned ‘H’ and her half-brother, ‘K’. The latter was found dead by paramedics in July last year. He had collapsed and was bleeding. Examination revealed various injuries,…

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Ministry of Justice drags feet on domestic violence data

May 24, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner for failing to respond to a request for domestic violence data in a timely manner. An unnamed complainant had sent the Ministry a very detailed Freedom of Information request for data from the third quarter of the year relating to the various legal…

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Needs, money, maintenance and more

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May 19, 2017 0 comments

family law

A Week In Family Law A multi-millionaire husband who was ordered to pay his wife the sum of £4.25 million after just 23 months of marriage has failed to have the award overturned on appeal. The husband, who is worth about £37 million, appealed against the award, claiming that it was more than was required…

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US state to ‘streamline’ family court cases

May 16, 2017 1 comment

family law

Lawmakers in the US state of Oklahoma have approved a bill which would allow a single judge to oversee all hearings relating to individual families. If signed into law, the measures outlined in House Bill 1121 would permit district and municipal courts to streamline domestic cases, reducing the number of days the members of troubled…

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Istanbul Convention law receives royal assent

May 2, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

A bill requirng the UK to ratify the Istanbul Convention has received royal assent, thereby bcoming law. More formally known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Convention was opened for signature by members of the Council of Europe in the eponymous Turkish city in…

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Child Maintenance Service must be less ‘tentative’

May 2, 2017 39 comments

fostering and adoption

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is too “tentative” in its approach to enforcement and must take a stronger approach to enforcement, MPs have insisted. The CMS was launched in 2012 as a replacement for the Child Support Agency (CSA). The idea was to encourage parents to deal directly with each other following a separation rather…

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