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

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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

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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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Abuse allegations in bitter dispute thrown out

October 17, 2017 3 comments

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Allegations of abuse made by a bitter mother and daughter against  the father were untrue, a Family Court judge has ruled. The case concerned a brother and sister, now aged ten and seven. The parents were married but split up shortly after Christmas last year, when the mother took the children with her and moved…

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Parental alienation: clarity at last

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October 16, 2017 60 comments

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Professionals came together to recognise the impact of parental alienation on children at a special conference organised by the Central London branch of FNF (Families Need Fathers) this Saturday. Senior figures in the sector attended, including Cafcass CEO Anthony Douglas, His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood, barrister Francesca Wiley QC and the NSPCC’s Head of Safeguarding,…

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Some comments on dealing with parental alienation

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September 7, 2017 22 comments

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The Roman Emperor Tiberius may have said that power has no limits, but he clearly wasn’t referring to the family justice system. Judges may have been granted certain powers, but, as I explained here on Monday, those powers certainly have limits, in particular when it comes to dealing with unreasonable behaviour by parties to family…

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Parental alienation therapists form European society

July 26, 2017 5 comments

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Parental alienation counsellors and therapists have formed a Europe-wide society. The newly minted European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners was established following a meeting in Czech capital Prague attended by specialists in this understudied field. With members from no less than 14 countries, the Association aims to draft clear standards and practices for therapists and…

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