Medical treatment, divorce statistics and more

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June 23, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, has criticised the thinking behind attempts to make courts financially self-sufficient. In a speech at the Palace of Westminster he insisted that courts are not ‘a provider of consumer services’. He said that “the characterisation of the courts as being service providers akin to…

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New domestic violence legislation in Queen’s Speech

June 21, 2017 3 comments

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The government has announced plans to introduce new domestic violence legislation. In the much heralded Queen’s Speech today, the government announced a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill that would, they claimed “protect the victims“. In an explanatory briefing, the purpose of this new legislation is described as transforming: “…our approach to domestic violence and…

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Domestic violence victims suffer long-term health problems

June 13, 2017 7 comments

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Victims of domestic violence develop long-term physical and mental health problems, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, analysed data from 16,761 women who took part in a study called Women’s Health Australia over the course of 16 years. The participants were from three different age groups:…

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A manifesto pledge, two difficult cases and more

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June 2, 2017 9 comments

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A week in family law It was reported this week that Theresa May has pledged to create a new aggravated offence when domestic violence is directed towards a child, in order to allow perpetrators to be given longer sentences. She also confirmed that a Conservative government would introduce a statutory definition for domestic violence and…

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Louisiana denies gay couples domestic violence protection

May 29, 2017 0 comments

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Lawmakers in the southern state of Louisiana have rejected a bill which would give domestic violence protection to same sex couples. The so-called ‘Bayou State’ is one of only two states in the country which limits such protection to people in heterosexual relationships. The other is South Carolina. House Bill 223 (HB223) was supposed to…

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Transparency, cross-examination and more

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May 26, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A Norwich man has demanded that Judges publish details of his long-running dispute over contact with his daughter. He claims to have run up costs of half a million pounds, and says that dozens of hearings have taken place before numerous judges, but every hearing has been held in private…

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Council authorised to bury deceased child

May 25, 2017 3 comments

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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

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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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