Police slow to engage with ‘coercive control’ laws

December 29, 2017 9 comments

family law

Police forces have been slow to engage with coercive control laws, new figures suggest. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act came into force at the end of 2015. It defined “controlling or coercive behaviour’ as a form of domestic violence. To count, it must have taken place within an “intimate or family relationship” over…

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Tower Hamlets dismisses Muslim foster care concerns

November 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has dismissed media concerns over their decision to place a child in the care of a Muslim foster family. The case made national headlines earlier this year with some newspapers alleging that the family only spoke Arabic and that the child, a white Christian girl, had had her crucifix…

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PD12J: When the facts don’t fit the narrative

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October 2, 2017 5 comments

family law, media, news

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” ― Mark Twain It is, I suppose, unarguable that “New guidance on child contact says courts must not allow abusive parents to have contact with their children” makes a rather more eye-catching headline than “New guidance on child contact in cases where abuse…

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‘Fake news’ in children’s homework

April 15, 2017 0 comments

children, education, family law

So-called ‘fake news’ is now regulary cited in children’s homework teachers have warned. Although not a new phenomenon, the fabrication of apparent news stories to boost readership or score political points has become an increasingly practice in recent years as social networks increasingly dominate the delivery of media content, displacing ‘old media’ like newspapers and…

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In praise of short judgments

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February 23, 2017 2 comments

family law

One of the central strands of the drive towards greater transparency has been encouraging the media and others to read law reports, in order to get an accurate picture of what the court decided, and why. Long-time readers will recall that back in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issued…

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Media allowed into Premier League star’s divorce

February 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

Former Premier League footballer Ryan Giggs has dropped plans to ban the media from court during his forthcoming divorce proceedings. The 43 year-old Welshman had applied for an order barring reporters but later decided to not pursue this, High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb noted in a newly issued ruling on preliminary issues. Although reporting…

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Myths about fatherhood

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February 13, 2017 6 comments

family life

On Sunday The Observer ran a couple of pieces on the subject of fatherhood. I’m not sure whether this was to mark some occasion linked to the subject of fatherhood (it always seems to be national-something-or-other-day) but whatever, the pieces did highlight a couple of myths around the subject, and brought to mind another. The…

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Divorcée criticises media coverage of pay-out

February 9, 2017 17 comments

family law

A woman whose divorce settlement was increased 15 years after her marriage ended has hit out at the coverage of her case in the media. The 51 year-old has claimed that since the Court of Appeal ruled that her ex-husband should support her for life, she has become the victim of an online hate campaign….

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Refuge for a day from a media in meltdown

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December 25, 2016 6 comments

father's rights

On Christmas Day may we all be protected, if only for a short while, from a media in meltdown. Up here in the real world, far removed from all those terribly important and influential political reporters, inhabitants of Luvvie London,  Christmas is finally here and hurray for that. No doubt most of us will be welcoming…

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