PD12J: When the facts don’t fit the narrative

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October 2, 2017 5 comments

family law, media, news

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” ― Mark Twain It is, I suppose, unarguable that “New guidance on child contact says courts must not allow abusive parents to have contact with their children” makes a rather more eye-catching headline than “New guidance on child contact in cases where abuse…

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A tax allowance, civil partnerships, and more

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September 29, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said that lawyers should embrace technology, as people increasingly expect to access services online. Speaking at the inaugural conference of YRes, Resolution’s network of family law professionals at the start of their careers, the President, whilst acknowledging that not every…

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Fertility clinic error caused ‘hurt and distress’

August 11, 2017 1 comment

family life

The female partner of a woman who gave birth to a child following fertility treatment is entitled a declaration of parenthood, the High Court has ruled. The couple in question lived together but were not married or in a civil partnership. They underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Nottingham regulated by the Human Fertilisation…

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Sir James Munby approves care plan for suicidal teen

August 8, 2017 5 comments

family law

Following a strongly worded judgement on the welfare of a teenager thought to be a suicide risk, Britain’s most senior family law judge has approved new plans for her care. Sir James Munby’s ruling expressed his anger at the difficulties the court had encountered in finding a place in a suitably equitably equipped mental health…

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Senior judge worried for welfare of suicidal teen

August 4, 2017 3 comments

family life

The life of a suicidal teenage girl will be put seriously at risk if no hospital bed can be found for her within days, Britain’s most senior family law judge has claimed. In a hard-hitting ruling, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said we would have “blood on our hands” if the situation…

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Family Division President: judges can talk to Ofsted

June 28, 2017 1 comment

Ofsted

Judges are allowed to talk to Ofsted inspectors the President of the Family Division has declared. In newly published guidance, Sir James Munby noted that “some confusion had arisen over the propriety” of judges talking to Ofsted staff while the latter conduct inspections of children’s services departments and similar organisations. “For the avoidance of doubt”…

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Is the Transparency Guidance experiment over?

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June 27, 2017 5 comments

family law

The number of published judgments is returning to pre-guidance levels As many readers will be aware, in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby published Practice Guidance regarding the publication of judgments in the family courts. The intended effect of the guidance, which is commonly known simply as the ‘Transparency Guidance’,…

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The digital age dawns: online divorce

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June 23, 2017 3 comments

online court

I had the pleasure of attending the At A Glance legal conference in London on Wednesday. One of the speakers was Adam Lennon, the Head of Family Modernisation & Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He talked about the Court’s plans to roll out an online divorce system. Part of the talk involved a…

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