Surrogate mother loses care of child

November 21, 2017 2 comments

family life

A surrogate mother has lost the right to care for a child she gave birth to. The woman met a gay couple online and entered into a surrogacy agreement with them back in 2015. However, during the pregnancy she and her husband changed their minds about giving up the child, despite neither one of them…

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Video guides to life as a judge

November 8, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Court and Tribunals Judiciary has published a series of video guides to life as a High Court Judge. The seven short films feature ‘behind the scenes’ interviews with judges in different branches of the High Court, discussing key elements of the role, including a typical day, the pressures of the job, available support and…

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Mother has domestic abuse findings reopened

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November 2, 2017 2 comments

family law

It is a feature of family law that certain events can lead to proceedings in both the civil and criminal courts. What happens if the two courts make different findings in relation to the same event? That, essentially (subject to what I say below), was what happened in the recent High Court case Re LG…

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Billionaire denies marrying ‘wife’ of 14 years

October 5, 2017 0 comments

family law

A billionaire London property mogul has claimed that he and his wife of 14 years were never legally married. The couple divorced last November but the 50 year-old husband now wants the decision reversed for this reason. He told the High Court that his ‘marriage’ was based on a false certificate the couple used to…

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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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New Supreme Court Deputy President is Lord Mance

September 20, 2017 0 comments

Supreme Court

Lord Mance has been appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court, following the recent promotion of Baroness Hale to the Presidency. Jonathan Hugh Mance read law at Oxford before establishing himself as a successful commercial barrister. He then became a High Court Judge in in the Queen’s Bench Division and later a Lord Justice in…

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Welcoming our new High Court judges

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September 19, 2017 0 comments

family law

Over the last month three new Family Division High Court judges have been appointed, with effect from 2 October. I have been doing a little background reading on them, including having a look at one of the cases they were involved in whilst practising as barristers, and I thought I would share what I have…

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