Alfie Evans, court statistics, Cafcass and more

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April 6, 2018 0 comments

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A short week in family law The parents of Alfie Evans, the 23 month-old boy who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition, have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible. Alfie’s parents were seeking to overturn a decision…

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Judge asks: why wasn’t court money spent on therapy?

September 19, 2017 2 comments

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A family court judge has questioned a local authority’s decision to spend money on care proceedings for the second child born to a vulnerable mother rather than offer her therapy. The case concerned a five month-old baby girl who had been placed with a foster family under a temporary care order. The same family had…

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Lord Chief Justice takes stock in pre-retirement report

September 11, 2017 1 comment

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Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas has published his final annual report a few weeks before he is due to retire. The report cites a sharp rise in demand for ‘public law’ – i.e. cases concerning the relationship between individuals and the state: typically (but not exclusively) fostering and adoption. There has also been a fall…

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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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Bankruptcy, mediation and more

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October 14, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law My selection from this week’s mixed bag of family law-related stories: An inquiry into fostering in England has been launched by the House of Commons Education Select Committee. The inquiry will look at a range of fostering issues including the recruitment and retention of foster carers and concerns over reductions…

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