Former MP ‘sorry for voting against gay marriage’

March 29, 2017 2 comments

family law

A former Conservative MP has issued a public apology for his vote against the introduction of gay marriage in England and Wales. Sir John Randall was first elected as the MP for Uxbridge, West London, in a 1997 by-election and served until 2015. In a statement to Buzzfeed News, he explained that he had few…

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Baroness Deech’s Divorce Bill in her own words

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January 30, 2017 4 comments

finances and divorce

I think we can all agree that our nearly 50 year-old divorce laws need updating, even if we can’t agree exactly how to do so. Unfortunately, since the debacle that was the Family Law Act 1996, an ill-fated and ultimately aborted attempt to introduce no-fault divorce, the Government has consistently shied away from the effort…

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Children’s rights, Cafcass figures and more

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January 13, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Perhaps it has something to do with the time of year, but there haven’t been an awful lot of family law stories of importance this week. Still, I have come up with the following. The continuing saga of the problem of alleged perpetrators of domestic violence cross-examining their alleged victims…

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MPs pressed to introduce no fault divorce

November 30, 2016 0 comments

family law

More than 150 members of family law organisation Resolution will gather in Parliament today to lobby MPs for the introduction of no fault divorce. Solicitors and other legal professionals will meet parliamentarians and peers to discuss reform of current divorce laws in England and Wales which still require the legal attribution of blame for the…

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First ever foster carers union formed

September 20, 2016 24 comments

fostering and adoption

A group of British foster carers have formed the profession’s first ever trade union. Yesterday 60 current and former foster carers gathered in a Parliament committee room to vote in favour of unionising.  At the meeting, they expressed worries about their legal rights, including pay, pensions and paid leave. One person who spoke at the…

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Family Courts ‘used to perpetrate abuse’ against women

September 17, 2016 6 comments

family law

The Family Courts are currently being used by violent men to further abuse women, MPs have claimed. Research from domestic violence victim support charity Women’s Aid has revealed that between 2005 and 2015 as many as 19 children have been killed by fathers with a history of violence. In each case, the fathers had been…

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(Nearly) a week in family law: brief, but eventful

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March 24, 2016 0 comments

family law

OK, not quite a week with the bank holiday tomorrow, but eventful nevertheless, and that’s not including the scandalous divorce fee increase that was introduced on Monday (which I mentioned here last Friday). The second reading of Richard Bacon MP’s No Fault Divorce Bill will now take place in the next session of Parliament, which…

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