FHDRAs: what should and shouldn’t happen – Family Law Week

‘Marie Crawford, barrister of Becket Chambers, considers the orders a court might make at first hearing and dispute resolution appointment.’

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Family Law Week, 9th June 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Parental Alienation – learning from other jurisdictions and other disciplines – Family Law Week

Posted March 20th, 2017 in contact orders, families, foreign jurisdictions, news by tracey

‘Joanna Abrahams, Head of Family Law, Setfords, considers possible ways to overcome problems of parental alienation.’

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Family Law Week, 19th March 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Family Court proceedings: gender reassignment and ultra-orthodox Judaism – Cloisters

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in contact orders, equality, family courts, human rights, Judaism, news, transsexuals by sally

‘Claire McCann, an expert on trans equality, analyses the competing arguments in the Family Court’s recent assessment of the children’s “best interests” in the unusual context of a transgender parent and the Charedi Jewish community in North Manchester.’

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Cloisters, 1st February 2017

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How is the PLO working? What is its impact on court process and outcome? – Family Law Week

‘The last five years have brought important reforms to care proceedings. The Judiciary made proposals for modernising family justice with a focus on strong judicial leadership, judicial continuity and better case management.2 The Family Justice Review3 recommended that the duration of care proceedings should be limited to 26 weeks, that fewer experts should be instructed in proceedings and there should be more limited scrutiny of the care plan, with the court considering only the plan for permanency (care by the parents(s), placement in the extended family, long-term fostering, or adoption) and not matters such as services for the child and contact arrangements. The Review’s recommendations were enacted in the Children and Families Act 2014, supplemented by new procedural rules (the PLO 2014) and implemented on April 22, 2014. This date also marked the opening of the Family Court, replacing the triple jurisdiction of the Family Proceedings Court, the County Court and the High Court. ‘

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Family Law Week, 17th February 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Domestic Violence and the Impact on Contact Re-examined – Family Law Week

Posted February 10th, 2017 in contact orders, domestic violence, news by tracey

‘Cris McCurley, Partner in Ben Hoare Bell LLP and advisory board member of Rights of Women and Women’s Aid, considers recent developments concerning contact where there has been evidence of domestic violence, and the events which have led to them.’

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Family Law Week, 9th February 2917

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Transgender woman denied contact with her ultra-Orthodox Jewish children – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2017 in contact orders, equality, freedom of expression, Judaism, news, transsexuals by sally

‘A transgender woman has been denied direct contact with her five children on the basis they would be shunned by their ultra-Orthodox Jewish community if she were allowed to meet them.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2017

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Review of Practice Direction 12J FPR 2010 – Child Arrangement and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Report to the President of the Family Division by The Hon. Mr. Justice Cobb.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th January 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers – The Guardian

‘Senior judges are taking steps to end the presumption that a father must have contact with a child where there is evidence of domestic abuse that would put the child or mother at risk.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child Contact Interventions: An Underused Resource – Family Law Week

Posted January 12th, 2017 in children, contact orders, news, social services by tracey

‘Gabrielle Jan Posner, barrister of Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, argues for the greater use of child contact interventions in appropriate circumstances.’

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Family Law week, 11th January 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Mother’s determination that child was “gender variant” did him significant harm – Family Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 4th, 2016 in children, contact orders, gender, news by tracey

‘J (A Minor), Re [2016] EWHC 2430 (Fam) 21 October 2016. These proceedings concerned a care order sought by the local authority in respect of a seven year old boy (J). The judge found that his mother, who had separated from his father within 12 months of J’s birth, had caused her son significant emotional harm by making him live as a girl. The care order sought would allow J to continue to live with his father, in whose care he had flourished.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st November 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Surrogacy – Child Arrangement Orders – Park Square Barristers

‘This article summarises the recent landmark decision in Re Z (surrogacy agreements) (Child Arrangements Orders) [2016] EWFC 34 whereby the Court awarded full care of the child to the surrogate Mother.’

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Park Square Barristers, 11th July 2016

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

These children died at the hands of their fathers when family courts failed to put them first – The Independent

‘Part of the problem is a lack of understanding of the nature and impact of domestic abuse, among judges and social workers. In particular, non-physical abuse is not well understood.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2016

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Court orders girl with two mothers to stay in touch with two fathers – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in assisted reproduction, children, contact orders, news, paternity by sally

‘A 14-year-old girl who was born as a result of donor fertilisation and is now embroiled in an “extraordinary” high court case has been ordered to stay in touch with her two “fathers” against her wishes.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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Seddon v Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in adoption, contact orders, human rights, law reports by tracey

Seddon v Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council; [2015] EWHC 2609 (Fam); [2015] WLR (D) 388

‘The making of an adoption order always brought to an end pre-existing rights under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as between a birth parent and an adopted child, since those rights arose from, and co-existed with, the parent-child relationship which was extinguished by adoption. Furthermore, section 51A of the 2002 Act, as inserted, did not create or maintain an article 8 right as between a birth parent and an adopted child, nor was section 51A(4) incompatible with the Convention. However, a public body running a post-adoption letterbox service was obliged under article 8 to respect correspondence between a birth parent and an adopted child and adopters, the obligation arising from the nature of the correspondence and not from the former parent-child relationship.’

WLR Daily, 14th September 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

The case of a Judge, a barrister, some bad weather and the right to that fundamental thing: A FAIR HEARING – The World of Family Law (Garden Court Chambers)

Posted August 28th, 2015 in appeals, contact orders, judges, news, setting aside by sally

‘In case you some how managed to miss it Re G is worth a revisit for all of those who know and recognise that need for a fair hearing before a fair tribunal. And of course for all of those who have seen in action just what unfairness can look like. Be bold , Re G, the idea of justice and those Court of Appeal Judges are there to help.’

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The World of Family Law (Garden Court Chambers). 27th August 2015

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

Posted August 13th, 2015 in appeals, children, contact orders, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘Alex Verdan QC, of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’
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Family Law Week, 29th July 2015

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Judge blasts warring parents for damaging young sons – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 11th, 2015 in contact orders, divorce, families, news by sally

‘Family court judge says while each parent is devoted to their sons, the boys are “the most unfortunate children” because the estranged couple are unable to contain their hatred for each other’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2015

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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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Post-Adoption Contact: All Change or More of the Same? – Family Law Week

Posted November 12th, 2014 in adoption, contact orders, families, news, parental responsibility, placement orders by tracey

‘Lance Dodgson, barrister of Bank House Chambers, considers the changes concerning post-adoption contact made by the Children and Families Act 2014 and asks what effect they will have in practice.’

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Family Law Week, 11th November 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Unhappy father must stop ‘snide remarks’ about ex-partner’s lesbian lover, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2014 in contact orders, families, news by sally

‘Mrs Justice Pauffley suggested the man and his ex-partner should talk about the ‘distress, unhappiness, mistrust and bitterness’ rather than sniping at each other.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk