A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Men vs divorce

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December 9, 2017 1 comment

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If divorce rivals bereavement and moving house as one of the most stressful events that life can throw at us, are there any differences in the way men and women respond to this upheaval? The traditional, stereotypical view of divorce went something like this: a devoted, stay-at-home mother is devastated to find that her caddish,…

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Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 14 comments

family life

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation. Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious…

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Sir James considers covert recordings

October 28, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Justice Council should examine the use of covert recordings in family cases, the President of the Family Court has declared. Sir James Munby said the use of covertly recorded conversations as evidence in cases was increasingly common and needed due consideration. The issue arose in a case concerning an 11 year-old girl, whose…

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