Adoption, child support, divorce and more

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August 11, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Over £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children, the Department for Education has announced. The fund, which was launched across England in May 2015, has reached almost 18,000 homes, providing “much-needed emotional support”. Announcing the success of the fund, Minister for…

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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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Ex-wife jailed for contempt after defaming husband

July 6, 2017 8 comments

divorce

The former wife of a Methodist Minister has been jailed for contempt of court after repeatedly accusing him of abuse. The case dated back as far as 2001, when the divorced couple disputed the father’s rights to see his daughter. In the High Court Mr Justice Hayden noted, the father’s wish to see his children…

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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

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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

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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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