Abuse allegations in bitter dispute thrown out

October 17, 2017 3 comments

family life

Allegations of abuse made by a bitter mother and daughter against  the father were untrue, a Family Court judge has ruled. The case concerned a brother and sister, now aged ten and seven. The parents were married but split up shortly after Christmas last year, when the mother took the children with her and moved…

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MIAMs, a domestic violence register and more

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October 6, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law I was grimly amused when I read the latest legal aid statistics, for the quarter April to June 2017, which show that the number of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in that period was down by 11 per cent compared to the previous year. The figure currently stands at…

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MP proposes domestic violence register

October 3, 2017 8 comments

family law

A Welsh MP has proposed a domestic violence register for anyone convicted of the crime. Liz Saville Roberts is the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd. Her proposed method to protect people from becoming victims would require anyone found guilty of domestic violence to submit their name, date of birth, home address and National Insurance…

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Male DV victim reaches settlement after his address revealed

September 25, 2017 2 comments

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An ambassador for a male domestic violence charity has reached an out-of-court settlement with a council which published his address. Ian McNicholl suffered violence a decade ago at the hands of a woman who subsequently received a seven year jail sentence for GBH. Later he informed Hull City Council that he remained in fear for…

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An annual report, a transgender child, and more

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law In his final annual report before retirement, the Lord Chief Justice reviewed developments in family justice over the year. Of the sustained increase in public law cases, coming at a time of static judicial resources, he says: “The President of the Family Division has described the situation as a crisis,…

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Husband installs cameras to record his abuse

September 12, 2017 2 comments

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A 45 year-old husband resorted to installing cameras in his house to provide evidence of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his wife. The man secretly set up the cameras throughout his £200,000 home in Greater Manchester as he was convinced he would not be believed otherwise. The couple have been together for…

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CPS acknowledges male victims of domestic violence

September 12, 2017 23 comments

domestic violence

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has acknowledged male victims of domestic violence for the first time, with the publication of new guidance. This declares unequivocally that male victims of abuse and violence by their partners deserve specific consideration by the authorities, as is already the case for LGBT or ethnic minority victims. It acknowledges the…

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Lord Chief Justice takes stock in pre-retirement report

September 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas has published his final annual report a few weeks before he is due to retire. The report cites a sharp rise in demand for ‘public law’ – i.e. cases concerning the relationship between individuals and the state: typically (but not exclusively) fostering and adoption. There has also been a fall…

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