Parents face court over term-time break after schools split on permission – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in education, families, fines, holidays, local government, news, school children by sally

‘A Rotherham couple have fallen foul of a government crackdown on term-time holidays after they applied for permission to take their two children on a family trip and were told that their daughter’s school had approved the request but their son’s had turned it down.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2015

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Jason Wilkes jailed over daughter’s MDMA drug death – BBC News

‘A father who supplied his teenage daughter with the drug MDMA and delayed getting medical treatment when she became ill has been jailed for five years and four months for killing her.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2015

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Rejection of visit visa to attend funeral: analysis – Free Movement

‘In the news today we can see that an Entry Clearance Officer has rejected an application for a visit visa for two grandparents who wish to travel to the UK to attend the funeral of their 5 year old grandchild, tragically killed in a car accident before Christmas. The family is devastated, obviously. The issue was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions by the local MP and a review was promised. The Immigration Minister, James Broken-shire, has very swiftly conducted the review and the refusal has been maintained. He says his decision has been taken “on the full facts of the case”.’

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Free Movement, 20th January 2015

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Death certificate changes urged by top pathologist – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2015 in community service, coroners, doctors, documents, families, inquiries, murder, news by sally

‘It is “incomprehensible” that the death certificates system has not been reformed since the conviction of Harold Shipman, a leading pathologist says.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2015

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7/7 widow Louise Gray jailed for stealing son’s compensation – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2015 in compensation, families, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘The widow of a victim of the 7/7 London bombings has been jailed for stealing £43,000 from her son’s compensation.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2015

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Legal aid cuts hit divided families as contact centres close down – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2015 in budgets, children, families, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Child contact centres, where children meet their separated parents who cannot agree access rights, are disappearing as legal aid cuts take effect.The National Association for Child Contact Centres (NACCC) says 40 centres have closed in the last 18 months across England and Wales – and the pace of closures is accelerating. It says that, because it can no longer obtain legal aid, the number of parents accessing the family courts to resolve their problems has halved. As a result they are not receiving advice from solicitors who are likely to refer them to the centres.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2015

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Stop in the Name of Love! The New EU Regulation 606/2013 on Protection Measures – Family Law Week

Posted January 16th, 2015 in children, confidentiality, EC law, families, harassment, injunctions, news by sally

‘Sarah Lucy Cooper, barrister of Thomas More Chambers, explains the details and effect of this recently implemented EU personal protection law.’

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Family Law Week, 15th January 2015

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Unrepresented parents in family cases: are errors going unnoticed? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 14th, 2015 in children, delay, families, family courts, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘Is a lack of legal representation in family cases increasing the likelihood of procedural errors going unnoticed? The judgment in Re P (A Child) suggests that there is a pressing need for change by the courts and judiciary.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th January 2015

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Toddler who survived abortion is ‘little miracle’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2015 in abortion, children, custody, families, health, medical treatment, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A baby boy who survived a late abortion carried out because his mother’s life was in danger has been described as a “little miracle” by a judge.

Details of the boy’s survival emerged in a Family Court judgment which concluded that the boy should live with his father’s family as his mother said she was unable to look after him.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2015

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Woman sues own family after they refused to accept her when she changed sex – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2015 in families, financial dispute resolution, news, small businesses, transsexuals by tracey

‘A woman has won a bitter legal battle with her own family who refused to accept her new identity after she changed sex.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2015

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Wellers’ child privacy case: Peers urged to change law – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2015 in children, families, media, news, photography, privacy by tracey

‘Parliament has been urged to make it illegal to publish photos of children without their parents’ consent. It follows a campaign by the wife of the rock star Paul Weller, who won a high court battle last year over unpixelated photos of their children published by a newspaper website.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2015

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How to make family hearings fair – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This case raises a very stark problem. A father wants to see his children aged 5 and 4. The mother has an elder daughter, Y, aged 17. Y told her teacher that the father sexually abused her. The truth or otherwise of this allegation is relevant to whether there should be contact between father and his children.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th January 2015

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Leslie Gadsby, paranoid schizophrenic who murdered his parents, was ‘failed’ by mental health services – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2014 in families, homicide, mental health, news, reports by sally

‘A man with paranoid schizophrenia who killed both his parents in separate attacks was let down by mental health services in Liverpool, a report has concluded.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2014

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Grandmother poisons sister’s artichokes in bitter feud – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2014 in costs, criminal damage, families, food, news by sally

‘Gillian Leeden ordered to pay sister Lyndsey Glassett compensation after being found guilty of targeting Jerusalem artichokes with weed killer in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2014

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Failures by social services led to death of baby – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2014 in children, drug abuse, drug offences, families, news, pregnancy, social services by sally

‘A vulnerable baby died in Sunderland after being left in the care of her drug-addicted mother following multiple failures by social services, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2014 in adoption, families, family courts, news, social services by sally

‘Sir James Munby seeks to head off collapse in adoption placements warning that children could be put at risk by new obsession with keeping them with relatives ‘at all costs’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2014

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Man who imprisoned his wife at home is forbidden from seeing his daughters – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2014 in children, contact orders, families, news by sally

‘A man who imprisoned his wife in their home and expected her to be a servant cannot be allowed to see his two daughters, senior judges have ruled.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2014

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Legal aid slashed with no thought for consequences, MoJ chief admits – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2014 in budgets, debts, employment, families, housing, legal aid, news by sally

‘The legal aid bill is being slashed by £300m without research into the potential effect of the cuts, the most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has admitted.’

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The Independent, 5th Decemeber 2014

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Speech to the Bar Conference – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

Speech to the Bar Conference (PDF)

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 8th November 2014

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Family Mediation – Boom or Bust? – Family Law Week

Posted November 24th, 2014 in dispute resolution, divorce, families, news by sally

‘Amina Somers, Head of Family Mediation at Goodman Ray, asks what can be done to increase the take-up of family mediation.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd November 2014

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