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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Care applications jump to record level

October 14, 2016 2 comments

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The number of care application received by Cafcass in September was the highest ever for that month. A total of 1,216 applications were referred to the Service across the month, almost a quarter more than were received in September 2015. Across the six months to September 7,438 care applications were sent to Cafcass, 23.1 per…

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Ten per cent rise in family court cases

September 29, 2016 0 comments

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Ten per cent more cases were heard in the family courts between April and June, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has reported. A total of 66,328 came before judges over the three months: according to the Ministry’s latest statistics quarterly. The figure was ten per cent lower in the same quarter last year the MoJ…

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‘Slow down rush to take children into care’

August 14, 2016 0 comments

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The continuing rise in the number of children being taken into care is a “major issue”, the Chief Executive of Cafcass has declared. The official ‘Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service’ takes a role in every family court case involving children – both private disputes and public care proceedings. The organisation has seen…

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