Family courts risk ‘collapse’ as surge in custody cases follows legal aid cuts – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 11th, 2013 in courts, custody, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by tracey

“The family court system is in danger of ‘collapsing in on itself’ after a surge in the number of warring parents turning up in person to launch child custody cases because of legal aid cuts, leading lawyers are warning.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2013

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Overseas child abductions on the rise – The Guardian

“Cross-border legal disputes involving child abduction and custody rows have more than doubled in the past two years, according to the judicial office specialising in international family cases.”

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The Guardian, 1st May 2013

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Father loses custody fight for child he never knew he had – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2013 in adoption, appeals, custody, news, parental rights by tracey

“A ‘cruelly deceived’ father whose son was put up for adoption without him even
knowing of his existence has had his hopes of gaining custody dashed following a
court ruling.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2013

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How to cut the costs of getting divorced – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2013 in budgets, costs, custody, divorce, financial provision, internet, legal aid, news by sally

“Legal aid for the 120,000 couples who divorce in a typical year all but disappears in England and Wales this week, except in cases where domestic violence can be proved. While many are predicting a big increase in DIY divorces, costing as little as £37, the changes have also prompted the arrival of a raft of new fixed-fee legal deals that keep lawyers’ bills below £500.”

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The Guardian, 6th April 2013

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New migrants will have to wait a year for legal aid – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2013 in asylum, budgets, custody, immigration, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

“Foreign nationals are to be denied the right to obtain legal aid for civil cases until they have lived in Britain for at least a year, the justice secretary Chris Grayling will announce this week.”

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The Guardian, 7th April 2013

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Enforcement of custody in the face of children’s dissent: should law prevail? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 5th, 2013 in children, custody, EC law, enforcement, families, news by sally

“This complicated inter-jurisdictional battle between estranged parents is a stark illustration of how difficult it can be in these sorts of cases to apply the law in the fog of family warfare.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th April 2013

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Owner wins nine-month cat custody battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2013 in animals, custody, news by sally

“An owner has won a nine-month legal battle, fighting tooth and claw for custody of a cat that went missing for six years after its adopted family refused to give her up.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd April 2013

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43,000 strip-searches carried out on children as young as 12 – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2013 in child abuse, custody, inquiries, news, statistics, young offenders by sally

“A promise to end routine strip-searching of children in custody is being flouted, according to data revealing there were more than 43,000 recorded incidences involving children as young as 12 over a 21-month period – but in only 275 searches were illicit items found.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2013

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High Court challenge over 17-year-olds’ custody rights – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 22nd, 2013 in custody, detention, judicial review, news, police, United Nations, young offenders by sally

“The High Court will hear a legal challenge to the practice of treating 17-year-olds detained in police custody as adults, in a judicial review being brought by Just For Kids Law next week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Divorcing parents turn to ‘brainwashing’ children in custody battles – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2012 in children, custody, divorce, news by sally

“Warring parents are increasingly attempting to ‘brainwash’ their children to get the upper hand in custody disputes, according to lawyers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2012

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Does it matter what I think”? A comparison of the consideration of children’s views in Hague Convention cases and Children Act 1989 proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted October 26th, 2012 in care orders, child abduction, children, custody, news by tracey

“Radhika Handa, barrister, of Coram Chambers compares the court’s consideration of children’s wishes in Hague Convention and Children Act cases, in both private and public law.”

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Family Law Week, 26th October 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Mothers lose out as expat parents fight for custody in foreign courts – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in child abduction, custody, foreign jurisdictions, news by sally

“Advisory service reports rise in cases where British couples split up after moving overseas, where UK judges have no say over who gets the children.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2012

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Couple can keep Nigerian baby after ‘scam’ ruling – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2012 in children, custody, fraud, news by sally

“A couple, who could not have children, have been told by the High Court they can keep a baby born in Nigeria, despite tests showing they were not the child’s biological parents.”

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BBC News, 18th October 2012

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Wrongly convicted father granted care of children again – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in children, custody, false imprisonment, grievous bodily harm, news by tracey

“A father wrongly convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and cruelty against his baby daughter has been told he can care for his children again.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2012

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Annual Conference: The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales – Speech by His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC, Chief Coroner

Posted September 24th, 2012 in armed forces, coroners, custody, inquests, news, police by sally

Annual Conference: The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales (PDF)

Speech by His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC, Chief Coroner

The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales, 21st September 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Chief coroner plans specialist groups to investigate complex cases – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2012 in armed forces, coroners, custody, inquests, news, police by sally

“The first chief coroner of England and Wales has promised to establish a cadre of specialists to examine deaths in custody and military fatalities.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2012

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Met’s mental illness custody cases reviewed – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2012 in complaints, custody, inquests, mental health, news, ombudsmen, police by sally

“The Metropolitan Police has commissioned an independent review into how it responds to people with mental health conditions.”

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BBC News, 24th September 2012

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Judge criticises warring couple for squandering £1.7 million on bitter divorce battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2012 in child support, costs, custody, divorce, judges, news by sally

“A couple who squandered £1.7 million during a bitter divorce and custody battle were criticised by a judge for driving their marriage ‘full tilt onto the rocks.'”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th September 2012

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International Children Law Update: August 2012 – Family Law Week

Posted September 4th, 2012 in children, custody, international law, news, residence orders, treaties by tracey

“Jacqueline Renton of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.”

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Family Law week, 3rd September 2012

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Warnings over abduction treaty – BBC News

“An international treaty designed to ensure the swift return of children abducted abroad by a parent needs to be implemented faster, researchers say.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2012

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