Foster care: council criticises ‘inaccurate’ reporting

August 30, 2017 2 comments

family law, media, news

The London borough of Tower Hamlets has criticised media reports of an ongoing foster care case involving a five year-old girl as “inaccurate”. Earlier this week The Times claimed the child, who came from a white Christian family, had been placed in the care of a Muslim family who spoke Arabic. According to the newspaper’s…

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Ex-wife argues for media anonymity

August 10, 2016 1 comment

divorce

A Court of Appeal judge has made a temporary anonymity order in a financial dispute despite admitting that the media had made “pertinent” arguments in favour of naming the couple. The case concerned an ex-wife’s attempt to reopen the financial settlement agreed with her former husband on their divorce. She claimed to have since uncovered…

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The Times takes on the pain of divorce

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October 5, 2015 1 comment

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Last week I received a call from the journalist Flic Everett, who was hard at work on an article for The Times on that hardy perennial amongst family law topics: the pain of divorce. The feature is centred around Flic’s personal experiences of separation. Under the headline ‘Never underestimate the pain of divorce. I’ve done…

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Costs in family law: formulas vs flexibility

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August 27, 2015 3 comments

finances and divorce

In today’s edition of The Times, veteran solicitor Maggie Rae explores the sometimes contentious issue of costs in family law cases. As she rightly points out, solicitors in England and Wales traditionally charge for their services by time spent, and of course, in lengthy, complex cases this can result in large bills. It is the…

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Stepfamilies in The Times

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May 9, 2014 0 comments

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This week saw the launch of new research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the current status of the stepfamily in England and Wales. We learnt that, while more than a million children now live as part of a stepfamily, the total number of such families has actually fallen over the last 13…

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Multimillion-pound divorce battle from hell (From The Times)

October 31, 2013 4 comments

From The Times, 31 October 2013. The Young case has exposed shortcomings in a civil law system reliant on voluntary, full, frank and honest disclosure, says Marilyn Stowe. The final chapter in what has been dubbed “the multimillion-pound divorce battle from hell” is about to play out. On one side, Michelle Young: convinced that her…

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