Contact ideas, refuges and shouting barristers

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March 29, 2018 0 comments

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A week (well, nearly) in family law Lord Justice McFarlane has put forward some interesting ideas regarding the issue of contact, both in relation to contact with adopted children by members of their natural family, and in relation to private law contact disputes between parents. In a speech to the NAGALRO annual conference he said…

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FDACs, marriages, and domestic abuse

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March 9, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Well, actually a bit more than a week, as I’m starting with a couple of stories that I omitted from my roundup last Friday. The first story is about the problem-solving Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs), and I wanted to mention it here to once more praise the excellent…

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FGM, children cases, statistics and more

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Statistics regarding the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, for the period from July to September 2017, have been published by the NHS. During that period there were 1,760 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken….

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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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Council control could see thousands of refuges closed

November 29, 2017 1 comment

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Government plans to give local councils sole control over housing funds could lead to thousands of domestic violence refuges closing, Women’s Aid has claimed. Currently housing benefit provides shelters for female domestic violence (DV) victims with their primary source of income. Like all benefits, it is paid by the government directly to the individual recipient….

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Cafcass report ‘betrayed the trust’ of fathers (update)

August 1, 2017 41 comments

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Campaigning charity Families Need Fathers (FNF) has condemned last week’s joint report by Cafcass and Women’s Aid as ‘betraying the trust’ of fathers. The report claimed that no less than 62 per cent of all applications to the courts regarding arrangements for children feature allegations of domestic violence. The figure was based on an analysis…

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Children’s rights, Cafcass figures and more

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January 13, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Perhaps it has something to do with the time of year, but there haven’t been an awful lot of family law stories of importance this week. Still, I have come up with the following. The continuing saga of the problem of alleged perpetrators of domestic violence cross-examining their alleged victims…

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