Do I have to pay child maintenance if my child lives abroad? – Family Law

‘Parents have a duty to maintain their children irrespective of the amount of time they spend with them or what country they live in. However international payment can be difficult to enforce. Parents cannot enforce an arrangement made informally between them, it must be made legally binding first.’

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Family Law, 21st June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Bouncy castle death pair jailed for three years – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, health & safety, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two fairground workers convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle blew away with a young girl inside have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Do Children Have a Right to Privacy? – Rights Info

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, data protection, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘In the age of the internet, privacy is an important and controversial issue. But what do privacy rights mean for children? RightsInfo takes a look.’

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Rights Info, 15th June 2018

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Care Crisis Review publishes report setting out options for change – Family Law

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, family courts, news, reports, social services by sally

‘The Care Crisis Review, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and facilitated by the Family Rights Group, has published its report. The report considers how to address the crisis in children’s social care and the family justice sector, and explores the factors which have contributed to it.’

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Family Law, 13th June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Child prisoners ‘held in solitary confinement’ – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, imprisonment, news, young offenders by sally

‘At least 40 children have been held in solitary confinement in young offenders institutions in the past year, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Varying your child maintenance: it can pay dividends! – Family Law Week

Posted June 15th, 2018 in children, costs, family courts, financial provision, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Using a fictitious scenario Gwyn Evans, barrister, Tanfield Chambers highlights legal and practical issues relating to child maintenance.’

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Family Law Week, 14th June 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

UK should not legislate to control children’s use of technology, says culture secretary – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2018 in children, computer programs, internet, legislation, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK culture secretary, Matt Hancock, does not allow his own children to have mobile phones and thinks none should have access to devices overnight, but would not follow the French government’s lead in legislating on the issue.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bob the Builder – Mail, please fix it! – Transparency Project

Posted June 8th, 2018 in care orders, children, media, news by sally

‘The Daily Mail reported yesterday that a ‘Nurse’s one-year-old son is taken from her care after she let him sit in a Bob The Builder toy car that was ‘inappropriate’ for his age’.’

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Transparency Project, 6th June 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Practice Guidance: Standard children and other orders – Family Law

Posted June 8th, 2018 in children, drafting, electronic filing, family courts, news by sally

‘On 30 November 2017 I issued ‘Practice Guidance: Standard financial and enforcement orders’ [2018] Fam Law 89 [1]. These orders, which are available in both hard and soft formats, as well as being generatable by commercial software, have been very well received. Indeed, I have learned that they are being considered for adoption, in suitably modified form, in Hong Kong. I have no doubt that those orders are achieving the objective I identified, namely to promote national consistency, and to avoid for the future, so far as possible, ambiguities in the meaning of the wording of an order.’

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Family Law, 7th June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Baby born to transgender man could become first person without a legal mother – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2018 in children, news, registrars, transsexuals by sally

‘A baby could become the first person without a legal mother if a transgender man wins a historic court battle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Speech by President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: What is family law? – Securing social justice for children and young people – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 5th, 2018 in children, civil justice, families, family courts, speeches, young persons by tracey

‘Speech by President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: What is family law? – Securing social justice for children and young people.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 31st May 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Junk food deals and adverts face fresh restrictions – The Guardian

Posted June 4th, 2018 in advertising, children, food, health, news by sally

‘Two-for-one junk food deals and the sale of sweets and chocolates around supermarket checkouts will reportedly be banned under a new government campaign against child obesity.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2018

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Temporary relocation of a child: a practical approach – Family Law

Posted May 31st, 2018 in care orders, children, jurisdiction, news, treaties by sally

‘Temporary relocation cases tend to fall into two categories. The first category is for a holiday with a typical duration of a few weeks, for example to allow a child to return to a mother’s home country to see wider family during the summer holidays. The second category is a stay of a longer duration, perhaps of several months. It may be to enable a child to have an extended stay with family or to allow the parent to pursue a temporary job opportunity.’

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Family Law, 30th May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Second Forced Marriage Conviction In A Week After Couple Told Child They Would ‘Chop Her Up’ If She Didn’t Marry – Rights Info

Posted May 30th, 2018 in children, forced marriages, news by sally

‘A couple who duped their daughter into travelling to Bangladesh to marry her cousin and threatened to “chop her up” when she refused have been found guilty of forced marriage, the second conviction in Britain within a week.’

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Rights Info, 30th May 2018

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Gambling website games based on fairytales banned – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in advertising, children, gambling, news by sally

‘Games on a gambling website called Fairytale Legends and Fairies Forest have been banned because of the likelihood that they would appeal to children.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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A Short Note on Habitual Residence: AB v CD [2018] EWHC 1021 (Fam) – Family Law Week

‘Alex Laing of Coram Chambers notes Mr Justice Keehan’s judgment in a ‘helpful template case’ for the determination of disputed habitual residence.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd May 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Woman who asked court to allow disabled daughter to die changes mind – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2018 in care orders, children, consent, disabled persons, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A woman who thought that her severely disabled 11-year-old daughter should be allowed to die has told a family court judge that she has changed her mind.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2018

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Representation of children in public law proceedings – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 18th, 2018 in children, guardianship, legal representation, news by tracey

‘Children subject to public law cases are usually represented by both a publicly-funded legal representative and a Cafcass guardian, known as the ‘tandem model’ of representation. This research explored how this model is working in practice during public law proceedings, and whether any reforms to the model are feasible or appropriate to ensure the rights of the child are safeguarded, efficient judicial case management is supported and public resources are effectively allocated.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Travelling home with your baby after surrogacy abroad – the options – Family Law

Posted May 18th, 2018 in children, citizenship, immigration, news, passports, surrogacy by tracey

‘Your most pressing concern if you have a baby born through international surrogacy may be how quickly you can get home after he or she is born. This is often the first question we get asked when advising parents planning overseas surrogacy. UK immigration law in surrogacy cases is complex because there is no clear single process which applies to everyone, everywhere. There are number of different possible paths and which is the best one for you will depend on your personal circumstances and the country in which your baby is born.’

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Family Law, 18th May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Daedalus, Ariadne and the Minotaur: Where are we now? – Family Law Week

‘Alex Laing of Coram Chambers re-visits the use of the inherent jurisdiction to deprive children of their liberty in the light of recent judgments.’

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Family Law Week, 15th May 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk