Ministry of Justice drags feet on domestic violence data

May 24, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner for failing to respond to a request for domestic violence data in a timely manner. An unnamed complainant had sent the Ministry a very detailed Freedom of Information request for data from the third quarter of the year relating to the various legal…

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Six year-old ‘should be returned to Northern Cyprus’

February 17, 2017 2 comments

children and divorce

A six year-old boy should be returned to Northern Cyprus, the High Court has ruled, despite an acrimonious relationship between his parents. In D v D, the father had applied for the boy’s  return, against the opposition of the mother. The parents married on the Mediterranean island in 2009 and the boy, ‘D’, was born…

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Mother ‘can be trusted’ to take children to Iran

February 14, 2017 0 comments

family law

A mother can be trusted to take two of her children to Iran, the Family Court has ruled. Although she was born in England, the mother’s entire family is from the Islamic Republic. After she spent the first three years of her life here she moved with her parents to the Middle Eastern country. Twenty…

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Council’s errors prolonged exclusion of father

December 14, 2016 5 comments

family law

A seven year-old boy was prevented from seeing his father for almost a year after social workers conducted a confused and inconsistent investigation into allegations of abuse. The parents of ‘V’ met in 2008 and he was born the following year. They had a difficult relationship and separated not long after his birth. Multiple court…

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Relocation case demonstrates conflict between requirement to obey the court and the welfare of children

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October 11, 2016 3 comments

family law

I don’t normally comment upon an on-going case in which no final decision has been made. However, the facts in X, Y and Z (Children) (Retrospective Leave to Remove from the Jurisdiction), published last week, demonstrate an important and recurring issue in family law: the conflict that can arise between the requirement of the parties…

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Judge orders return of children to Canada

June 14, 2016 1 comment

family law

Two children must be returned to their father in Canada, a High Court judge has ruled. The children’s parents were both Britons who married here in 2003. A few years after the birth of their second child, the entire family emigrated to Canada. The move did not go smoothly, especially for the mother, although the…

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