Courts deal with invisible children

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October 11, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

I’m not a great fan of live-tweeting from legal events, but a tweet on Monday from the Nagalro October 2017 Conference struck a chord with me. For those who don’t know, Nagalro is, as its website tells us, “a professional association for social work practitioners who work in the children and families field and represent…

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Mother’s appeal to keep children rejected

October 3, 2017 2 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid to keep her two children. The woman lived with her children at her mother’s house. The father of the seven year-old girl and 11 year-old boy did not live with them but did have regular contact. Both parents reportedly had “a very significant learning disability”, although…

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Lawyers should embrace technology says President

September 22, 2017 2 comments

family court

The family justice system must recognise an increasing appetite for online options, the President of the Family Division has declared. Speaking at YRes, a conference for recently qualified solicitors, Sir James Munby highlighted the growing importance of technology in the delivery of justice. While acknowledging that not every case is suitable for processing via the…

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An annual report, a transgender child, and more

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law In his final annual report before retirement, the Lord Chief Justice reviewed developments in family justice over the year. Of the sustained increase in public law cases, coming at a time of static judicial resources, he says: “The President of the Family Division has described the situation as a crisis,…

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Litigants in person, pre-acquired assets and more

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September 8, 2017 3 comments

family law

A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The government’s support for litigants in person in the family courts has been “sadly inadequate” up until now, the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said. Writing the foreword to the latest edition of The Family Court without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person,…

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Help for litigants in person ‘sadly inadequate’

September 1, 2017 6 comments

family law

The help provided by the government for litigants in person is “sadly inadequate”, according to the President of the Family Division. Sir James Munby has called the family justice system “over-complicated” and that the government faces a “massive challenge” to provide people with the information they need to navigate it. These comments came in the…

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Adoption rates continue to drop

August 29, 2017 1 comment

family law

The latest adoption rates show a continuing fall in the number of vulnerable children finding new homes. Figures released by the Adoption Leadership Board show a steady drop in adoption last year. Between January and March, 1,160 children found new families. Between April and June this fell to 1,070, and then to 1,060 between July…

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Adoption, child support, divorce and more

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August 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

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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