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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Surge in private family disputes

November 13, 2017 7 comments

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The number of family disputes involving children referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) jumped by 16 per cent last month, when compared to 2016. The total of 3,916 referrals is the highest number of referrals in a single month since October 2013. Cafcass received 40,571 referrals regarding private disputes…

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More than a third of cases now unrepresented

October 1, 2017 2 comments

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No less than 36 per cent of all family court cases now feature unrepresented litigants on both sides, new figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal. A total of 13,029 new private law cases – i.e. disputes between individuals – were launched between April and June, three per cent more than in the same period…

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Charlie Gard, adoption advice and more

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July 14, 2017 1 comment

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Statistics for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), for the year from April 2016 to March 2017 have been published by NHS Digital. FGM has been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1985 and the law was strengthened in 2003 to prevent girls travelling from the UK and undergoing FGM abroad. The…

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Care applications reach record level

April 18, 2017 5 comments

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A record-breaking 14,544 children were taken into care in the 12 months to March Cafcass has reported. March alone saw 1,288 care applications: itself the second highest monthly figure on record. The annual total comfortably exceeded previous year’s tally, when just 12,792 youngsters entered the care system: nearly 14 per cent fewer. It also confirms…

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Cafcass figures, divorce nonsense and more

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February 17, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for January 2017, and the upward trend has returned. In that month the service received a total of 1,119 care applications, which is a 7 per cent increase…

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A guide to grandparents’ rights

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November 24, 2016 1 comment

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER Each week, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  This week’s query goes to Amy Foweather, a solicitor in our Harrogate office. “My son and daughter-in-law have divorced and I am struggling to see my grandchildren. What are my legal rights?”   Quite naturally most grandparents don’t…

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