Known Sperm Donor and Co-parenting Arrangements – a cautionary tale – Family Law Week

Posted October 19th, 2017 in agreements, assisted reproduction, children, families, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the legal issues for parties involved in such arrangements.’

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Family Law Week, 18th October 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

‘Clumsy’ lawyers risk appeals after judge clarifies family court powers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 17th, 2017 in appeals, consent orders, families, news by tracey

‘A broad interpretation of the family court’s powers risks creating a surge in appeals if “clumsy” lawyers delve into areas beyond their specialism, solicitors fear.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th October 2017

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Family in dispute over care of woman with brain damage – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in euthanasia, families, health, medical treatment, mental health, news by tracey

‘A family is in dispute over the ongoing care of a woman with brain damage who had suggested she would want to die in such circumstances, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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‘Narcissistic cult’ brothers put into care – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2017 in care orders, children, families, mental health, news by sally

‘Three teenage brothers should be taken from their mother and put into care, having developed a “narcissistic cult” mentality, a High Court judge has said.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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Divorce and children – is shared care a right or responsibility? – Family Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in children, custody, divorce, families, news, parental responsibility, parental rights by sally

‘‘I know my rights’ – With that statement a family lawyer will naturally turn to s 2A of the Children Act 1989 and the presumption of parental involvement.
‘Parents do not have rights, they have responsibilities’ – Arguably one is now considering the court’s overriding objective and paramount consideration as set out in s 1 of the Children Act 1989 which highlights the welfare of any child.’

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Family Law, 5th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th October 2017

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The muslim foster carer case again – what else has emerged? – Transparency Project

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in children, families, fostering, media, news, religious discrimination by sally

‘This week the court held a further hearing, the IRH or Issues Resolution Hearing. In terms of the progress of the case itself, press reports tell us that little AB’s future will be decided at a final hearing in December, meaning that the proposed plan for her long term care is in some way disputed, it seems by the child’s mother. The details are unclear.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Modern slavery trial judge investigated over Traveller comments – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2017 in complaints, families, gipsies, judges, judgments, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘A crown court judge is being investigated over comments he made about the Traveller community when sentencing 11 members of the same family for modern slavery offences.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2017

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Rashan Charles’s family criticise Met for refusing to suspend police officer – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2017 in complaints, death in custody, disciplinary procedures, families, news, police by sally

‘The Metropolitan police have been criticised by the family of Rashan Charles for ignoring the advice of the police watchdog and refusing to suspend the officer involved in his death.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2017

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The landscape for child disputes post-Brexit – Family Law

Posted September 15th, 2017 in children, EC law, families, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘Resolving the complexities of family life across international borders is notoriously complex. However, with Britain’s impending withdrawal from the EU casting an unexpected shadow over the certainty of established legislation, children and their families face an additional layer of difficulty as Britain attempts to untangle itself from existing EU regulations. To manage increasing anxiety, the Government has recently published its vision of the UK’s future partnership with the EU on this key issue entitled “Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework”. What does this tell us about how international children law disputes will be decided post-Brexit? Are we any clearer as to what impact this will have on the children caught up in these disputes?’

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Family Law, 14th September 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Returning jihadis will end up in family courts, Lord Chief Justice warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2017 in care orders, families, family courts, Islam, news, terrorism by tracey

‘British jihadis returning from Syria will put pressure on the family courts over the next year, the Lord Chief Justice has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2017

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Home Office leak shows unpicking of EU nationals’ family reunion rights – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2017 in EC law, families, immigration, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The leaked Home Office document on Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy spells out for the first time how ending the jurisdiction of the European court of justice will weaken family reunion rights for EU nationals in Britain.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2017

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Children: Public Law Update (August 2017) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews a range of recent important public law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 9th August 2017

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Prison visiting rules punish children, says charity – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in children, families, news, prisons by sally

‘Children whose fathers are in jail are being punished by rules which limit visits if prisoners do not behave well enough, says Barnardo’s.

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BBC News, 23rd August 2017

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Ann Maguire’s family lose legal challenge over inquest evidence – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2017 in evidence, families, inquests, news, school children, witnesses by sally

‘The widower and children of a teacher murdered by a student have lost their legal challenge against a coroner’s decision not to call pupils as witnesses at a forthcoming inquest.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2017

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Landmark review places family ties at the heart of prison reform – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 10th, 2017 in families, prisons, rehabilitation, reports by tracey

‘Ministry of Justice welcomes Lord Farmer’s recommendations to strengthen family ties to help offenders turn their lives around and protect public safety.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th August 2017

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London borough wins appeal over housing policy favouring working families – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Ealing has won an appeal over to its policy of reserving certain homes for “working families” and “model tenants”.

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2017

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Self-employed workers do not have the same rights as employees under EU law, confirms the Court of Appeal – Free Movement

‘In the case of Hrabkova v Secretary of State for Work and Pension [2017] EWCA Civ 794, the Court of Appeal confirmed once again that self-employed individuals do not have the same rights as workers under EU law. The specific question in this case was whether a person with a child at school who had been self employed and ceased work might be entitled to claim Employment Support Allowance.’

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Free Movement, 2nd July 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Finance and Divorce Update, July 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted July 7th, 2017 in divorce, domestic violence, families, financial provision, news, statistics by tracey

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during June 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 6th July 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Revised Benefit Cap Unlawfully Discriminates Against Lone Parents With Children Under Two, High Court Rules – Garden Court Chambers

‘In a robustly worded judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Collins found the revised benefits cap operated to unlawfully discriminate lone parents with children under the age of two and those children under the age of two.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk