Siblings to be adopted as parents struggle

January 4, 2018 2 comments

family life

Three children of parents struggling with stress and depression should be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. In A Local Authority v G the couple’s two daughters were aged 12 and three, while their younger brother was 19 months. The father of the oldest daughter died when she was just three. Her mother later…

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Lawyers are good for children

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December 18, 2017 7 comments

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Or: we all like to say “I told you so”! Sometimes in life something is so self-evident that you really can’t understand why other people think differently. In such cases it is really satisfying when you come across independent confirmation that you were, indeed, right. The temptation to say “I told you so” can then…

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Mother’s appeal to keep children rejected

October 3, 2017 2 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid to keep her two children. The woman lived with her children at her mother’s house. The father of the seven year-old girl and 11 year-old boy did not live with them but did have regular contact. Both parents reportedly had “a very significant learning disability”, although…

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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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Troubled mother’s two children to be adopted

September 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The two children of a mother who had been through “horrific life experiences” as a young woman will be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. Both children, who were 16 and six months old respectively, had been in foster care since birth despite the mother’s wish to care for them herself. However, a clinical…

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What parents in dispute should know about SPIPS

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August 23, 2017 2 comments

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For any couple with children, whether married or unmarried, unable to agree arrangements for them and embroiled in court proceedings under the Children Act 1989, the chances are that at an early stage in the proceedings the Court will order both parents to attend what is known as a ‘SPIP’: a separated parents information programme….

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MIAMs, courts and more

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July 7, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law My first story is actually from last week, but I omitted to mention it in my weekly review post last Friday, and I wanted to make a quick comment about it. It is the important story of a paid McKenzie friend who was denied permission to appeal against an order…

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