The reality of domestic abuse

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December 12, 2017 5 comments

family life

A picture of life on the ‘front line’ I suspect that most people who have not suffered or witnessed it would have only a vague idea of the reality of domestic abuse. That is understandable. I thought that as a solicitor who practised family law for about a quarter of a century I would have…

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The perils of the litigious litigant

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June 8, 2017 5 comments

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As all family lawyers well know, some litigants, particularly those acting without the advice and direction of a lawyer, can become quite obsessed with the litigation, often because of a deep sense that they have been treated unjustly (whether or not that is actually the case). The obsession can take various forms, but a common…

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Ministry of Justice drags feet on domestic violence data

May 24, 2017 2 comments

children in care

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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Girl must be brought back to England, court rules

March 23, 2017 0 comments

child contact

The mother of a primary school pupil has been refused permission to appeal against an order that she must be returned to England from Northern Ireland. In AH v DT, the parents had a two year relationship which ended in 2014, following the birth of a daughter, ‘E’. The situation then became acrimonious. The mother…

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Six year-old ‘should be returned to Northern Cyprus’

February 17, 2017 2 comments

children and divorce

A six year-old boy should be returned to Northern Cyprus, the High Court has ruled, despite an acrimonious relationship between his parents. In D v D, the father had applied for the boy’s  return, against the opposition of the mother. The parents married on the Mediterranean island in 2009 and the boy, ‘D’, was born…

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False accusations of domestic violence: what can you do?

January 27, 2017 25 comments

family law

ASK A FAMILY LAWYER Each week, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  A senior solicitor based in our Harrogate office, Theo Hoppen, tackles this week’s topic. “My ex and I are currently going through an acrimonious divorce and I was alarmed to hear that she has now accused me of…

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Limitless non-molestation orders ‘wrong in principle’

January 23, 2017 1 comment

non-molestation orders

Non-molestation injunctions issued without a specified time limit are “wrong in principle” the President of the Family Court has insisted. Such injunctions, popularly known as ‘non-mols’, are issued in family disputes where one party alleges that the other has been abusive or violent. The person subject to the injunction can be arrested and imprisoned if…

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